Sarah Elizabeth Shares her experience of living with Narcolepsy alongside Cataplexy. Have a glimpse of how severe the attacks might get. Julie Flygare explains what Narcolepsy & Cataplexy is below…
“This is a powerful video and I am grateful to Sarah Elizabeth for bravely sharing her experience!
Sarah Elizabeth is primarily experiencing a narcolepsy symptom called cataplexy here.
- Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle tone, resulting in knee buckle or collapse, while remaining conscious, often accompanied by emotions like laughter, annoyance or surprise. Cataplexy is the paralysis of REM/dream sleep experienced inappropriate while awake.
- Sleep attack/excessive sleepiness is an overwhelming urge to sleep during the day.
Since Sarah Elizabeth was tired when she recorded this, the pressure toward REM/dream sleep may have been so strong that she experienced cataplexy and sleepiness together. I have experienced this. And cataplexy can lead to full sleep – moving from consciousness to unconsciousness and the feeling of “waking up” afterward”………… readmore