TNT’s crime-drama TV series, Perception, featured narcolepsy on a recent episode, “Alienation” (Season 2, Episode 2).
Watch narcolepsy clip here:
One character describes aliens coming into his bedroom shortly after he’s gone to sleep. This terrifying description caputures sleep paralysis (the inability to move) AND hypnagogic hallucination (seeing the aliens in his bedroom as if real). The character also mentions sleepiness and slurred words. The slurred words would be a sign of cataplexy, a symptom of narcolepsy.
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Cataplexy (slurred words)
- Sleep Paralysis (inability to move after falling asleep)
- Hypnagogic Hallucinations (seeing visual images, such as aliens or burglars after falling asleep).
Perception follows Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases. Narcolepsy is SO often inccurately portrayed by the media, so thank you Perception, for featuring the real symptoms! And a BIG thank you to my FB friend, Melody, for bringing this to my attention!