04 September 2015

Today's #Sleeptember FACT --- Watch and learn: Narcolepsy sucks.

    Click the link here to watch the video. 
    The dancer in the video has narcolepsy. She is trying to make a dance instruction video, but her narcolepsy with cataplexy is completely interrupting her efforts. This is not an act, but an educational effort on her part to share what it is like to live with this debilitating disorder. 

    Though awareness about narcolepsy has improved over the last few years, most people still associate the sleep disorder with the comic antics of Mr. Magoo and find it amusing. However, this disorder from the family of hypersomnias is lifelong and has no cure; the few medications available to treat it only offer some assistance in controlling its symptoms. Many who suffer from it do not disclose that they have this condition for fear of judgment, of losing their job, of of being socially embarrassed. 

    Narcolepsy affects 1 in every 2000 people. If you live in a town of 20,000 people, you very well may have as many as 10 friends or neighbors who suffer from this condition... one more excellent reason to raise money to fund further research into its causes and future therapies to help these people live normal lives.

    Learn more about narcolepsy here: