Wide Awake and Dreaming

Celebrating 10 years of the REM Runner Blog!

by julie on November 10, 2019

Ten years ago today, I came out as a person with narcolepsy. On November 10, 2009, I started this REM Runner blog, disclosing on the internet for the first time that: “Hi! I’m Julie Flygare, a person living with narcolepsy with cataplexy.”  From my original About Me:  “Narcolepsy has changed my life for better and […]

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“I remember keeping [my narcolepsy] private and always feeling like it was this thing sitting at the back of my throat that I wanted to share, but just stopping myself, remembering ‘you’ll get a bad reaction, this person won’t understand.'”   – Julie Flygare, Sleep Junkies podcast  “So you went from something being a secret to the […]

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Living One-Third of My Life with Narcolepsy

by julie on September 19, 2019

Twelve years ago today, I was diagnosed with a classic case of type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy, just four days after my 24th birthday. So as of today, four days after my 36th birthday, I’ve now spent one-third of my life officially as a “person with narcolepsy” (not counting the years of symptoms before diagnosis). For fun today, […]

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Two people with narcolepsy. Double the insight! A few minutes into recording, I realized I’d never recorded a podcast with a fellow person with narcolepsy before. This interview with Leyla Sarper for the “Present Not Perfect” podcast was such a neat experience. I’m super excited to share this with you today! Listen now on Spotify here. […]

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Listen Now: CALM + COZY podcast interview

by julie on July 31, 2019

Apparently I felt comfortable and a bit snarky on the day that I recorded this CALM + COZY podcast interview with the amazing host, Beth Wyatt (@sleepcoachbeth on IG), because I’m pretty honest and animated here! Beth asked great questions that led to unique conversations not part of my usual “talking points” repertoire. My favorite discussion […]

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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Claire Crisp, Executive Director of Wake Up Narcolepsy (WUN), to record an interview for WUN’s Narcolepsy 360 podcast. This was a meaningful experience and a lot fun to share this conversation with Claire, who is an amazing leader, advocate and friend in the narcolepsy […]

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Seattle: I’m so excited to visit soon for three speaking engagements! 1.) Speaking Advocacy at the Hypersomnia Education Meeting I’m extremely honored that the Hypersomnia Foundation has invited me to speak about Project Sleep’s Advocacy at their upcoming Hypersomnia Education Meeting on Saturday, June 29, 2019, taking place from 10am – 3pm at the Seattle […]

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2018: My Year in Review

by julie on December 29, 2018

2018 was a year unlike any other. I invested in a few new suitcases, which helped me get around easier since I don’t think I’ve ever traveled so much in one year. Here are some highlights, challenges, favorite reads, lessons learned and dreams for the new year! Highlights of 2018: Taking the leap to become the […]

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I’m home from Australia today, but heading off to New York tomorrow, because I couldn’t pass up this amazing opportunity to be a keynote speaker during Sarah Lawrence’s Sleep Week. New York friends: Please join me this Wednesday 10/17 from 6-8 pm ET at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY! I’ll share my inspiring personal […]

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Hello Audiobook! Today, I’m SO beyond thrilled to release the AUDIOBOOK for Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy! Available now on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Listen to a sample and download here (your first audiobook with Audible is always FREE!). Watch Preview Narrating is an Art Recording the audiobook is something I’ve been […]

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