What it feels like to have Narcolepsy

This article is to help empathy spread for people living with Narcolepsy, a neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to control natural sleep-wake circle; which can lead to sudden sleep attack anytime and anywhere.

Research shows that, the symptoms of this sleep disorder commonly appear between the ages of 15 and 25; and as well confirmed to be genetic in some cases. Do you fall asleep at random times? Do you fall asleep while driving? Feeling tired all the time? Having muscle collapse? How has this affliction affected your everyday life? You can actually tell how embarrassing, frustrating and terrifying this worst sleep disorder is.

According to the Narcolepsy stories gathered by the web producer, Karen Barrow; A patient talked about her inability to have ever experience good night sleep.

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“Waking up in the morning is extremely difficult for me says Shauna Laurel Jones, 29, of Alexandria, Va. During the times I’ve held a 9 to 5 job, it was just hell waking up in the morning…. The hardest thing about the condition for me is not having enough energy to be motivated all the time to do the things I want to do.”

A study on the impact of narcolepsy shows that patients do not sleep more than other people. They just can’t just control the timing of sleep.

Signs and symptoms of Narcolepsy  include:

Sleep paralysis

The temporal inability to move or speak when you are waking up or falling asleep. This episode happens during the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a period of sleep in which dreams occur.

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