Narcolepsy is a chronic brain disorder that involves poor control of sleep-wake cycles. People with narcolepsy experience periods of extreme daytime sleepiness and sudden, irresistible bouts of sleep that can strike at any time. These “sleep attacks” usually last a few seconds to several minutes. Contrary to common beliefs, people with narcolepsy do not spend a substantially greater proportion of their time asleep during a 24-hour period than do normal sleepers. In addition to daytime drowsiness and uncontrollable sleep episodes, most individuals also experience poor sleep quality that can involve frequent waking during nighttime sleep, that is often confused with insomnia.
I was diagnosed with Narcolespy about five years ago. Its something that has uneasily reshaped my life. Narcolepsy affects about 200,000 Americans and 3 million people worldwide. Only 25% have proper diagnosed and treatment. I will be Participating in the #SLEEPIN for 24 hours. Please help me shed some light on a disorder thats been in the dark too long. Donate today, every little bit helps.
Join Project Sleep to SLEEP IN for sleep health and sleep disorders during National Sleep Awareness Week. Challenge yourself to stay in bed a certain number of hours over the weekend of March 6-8, and ask your friends and family to sponsor your SLEEP IN to benefit Project Sleep.
Some people run or walk to fundraise, but why not receive support and encouragement to SLEEP IN?
Whether you are a sleepy teen, person with a sleep disorder, supporter, sleep professional or sleep enthusiast, your SLEEP IN matters. Use your voice, and your bed, to shed light on the night. There will be prizes for top fundraisers and spirited participants.
By participating in Project Sleep’s SLEEP IN, you will be joining an international movement of people looking to make peace with sleep.