Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects the part of the brain that regulates when one is asleep and awake. Unfortunately, due their use for comic relief in common pop-culture, the seriousness of narcolepsy is commonly overlooked. Narcolepsy affects 1 in 2,000 Americans predominately between the ages of 10 to 25. Depending on the severity of the condition, Narcoleptics often have trouble with standard daily activities such as driving and working. A recent article by helpguide.org discusses narcolepsy in detail and specifically focuses on the causes of the condition.
What is Narcolepsy? Revolution Health states, “Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness. People with narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness and uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep during the daytime despite adequate sleep. These sudden sleep attacks may occur during any type of activity and at any time of the day”.