Life is an exciting journey and I can’t wait to see what I can achieve.

Think of your average first year high school student - an oversized blazer they’ll “grow in to ”, an ignorantly large schoolbag that’s bigger than the child themselves and of course, a young face full of confused excitement. That was me at age 11.

Like many others, I was in choir, school band, played hockey every week and socialised with my friends at every opportunity.

Then one day at the end of first year, a teacher put on “James May on the Moon” as a Friday afternoon treat. No sooner had it begun than I woke up with all my class staring and giggling because I had fallen asleep on the desk. To say that 12-year old me was mortified would be an under-statement. I put this inability to stay awake down to exhaustion at the end of an exam week, but I now know that this was to be the first of many inappropriate naps.

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland
I'm like a bicycle, it's only when I stop that I fall over!!

Thinking back now, my first recollection of falling asleep in weird places was in lectures during first year in college, 1996. I don't remember any problems in 6th year of school just months before hand but definitely keeping alert during lectures was a problem. I seem to remember I just thought it was normal. I certainly didn't do anything about it, didn't go to a doctor, didn't say it to anyone. I just got on with it.

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland
My Narcolepsy Journey

I’m 26 years old and I grew up in a small town in Southern Ireland and have just moved home because of my condition. It was a hard decision to make but after a few months of being home and away from the stressful place I was staying and busy life of the City I have found it has made a huge improvement to my mental and physical health. From my teenage years I started noticing that I was having lower than normal energy days …

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland
My nickname as a child was Dolly Daydream, now I know why! 

Two years ago, at the age of 48, I went to my GP to finally ask for help for the madness I was told I had since I was a child. The previous night, I saw a man walking left to right at the foot of my bed. He was dressed all in black and wearing a balaclava. He seemed to be walking in slow motion and I tried to get up and shout at him but I could not move. I could think but I could not move. I thought that night was the night I was going to be killed in my bed! Then it stopped but I was so upset, I knew I needed to see a doctor.

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland
ALICE'S story.

My name is Alice Cullen. I have recently been diagnosed with narcolepsy.
It hasn’t been an easy process and it’s so very important to share as every one has a different experience so here goes.

So I have just turned 41 years old. I was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy in early December 2018.
All through my childhood I was an excellent sleeper but had no problem with daytime sleepiness.  I didn’t experience any problems at school, college or with study and was involved in many sports and extracurricular activities.

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland
Julie Flygare: Wide Awake And Dreaming

This video is from Julie Flygare. Judy is the founder of Project Sleep, a leading narcolepsy spokesperson, published author, blogger and runner diagnosed with narcolepsy and cataplexy in 2007. She received her B.A. from Brown University in 2005 and her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2009. She is an advocate for Narcolepsy in the US. She is and award-winning writer for her book 'Wide Awake and Dreaming'. Her website is www.julieflygare.com .

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland
Eat your way out of narcolepsy

Gina Dennis, INHC, a.k.a. Madcap Miss, was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Suddenly Sleepy Saturday annual event. Gina, who came all the way from Texas has narcolepsy, her mother has it and her son also. Six years ago she set out on a journey to find a diet that could help her family mitigate their narcolepsy symptoms.

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland
Elaine's Story

The mother of two spends much of her day napping, and must resort to stimulants to wake her up – and medication at night to help her sleep.

“My limited energy compromises everything. I’m existing, not living,” says Elaine, whose earliest narcolepsy memory is of experiencing terrifying but highly realistic nightmares around the age of 12. These, as she later discovered, were a common symptom of her condition. Because they “intertwine with reality”, she says, the nightmares felt very real and were absolutely terrifying.

Read More
My Narcolepsy Journey

In Early 2010, I got the swine flu injection. Three weeks later I noticed I was sleeping a lot more than I should and when I wasn’t sleeping I was still feeling tired. Then I started to have these very vivid dreams at night. My experience was – a man coming into my bedroom, dressed all in black and he would put his hand over my mouth. I could feel his hand over my mouth, I would then wake up but I wouldn’t be able to move for what seemed like ages, I could see and hear everything, but my mouth and body just wouldn’t move. After having this dream a few times, I didn’t want to sleep at night, which lead to sleeping most of the day and being very irritable when I was awake.

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland
Understanding Narcolepsy

Nancy was sleeping again. Her husband and children were ready to go out but she was not. This has been the story of her life. In school she was always falling asleep. Then at night, she had trouble staying asleep. She would sometimes awaken unable to move.

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland
I can’t control my sleep

A person with narcolepsy has many challenges to face on a daily basis. Some of the symptoms are truly bizarre, apart from the daily sleepiness and ‘brain fog’ you also have sleep paralysis, strange dreams – which can range on the spectrum from being fantastical – weird – lucid dreams to hallucinations and nightmares. Below describes some of these symptoms that affect narcoleptics in varying degrees of severity.

Read More
Narcolepsy Ireland