Check out this amazing depiction of terrifying symptom of #narcolepsy called CATAPLEXY – created by Eleanor of Falling Asleep: A Narcolepsy Guidebook. Please note: this character is fully conscious and awake yet crumbling to the ground paralyzed. It’s terrifying.
For more infographics, blogs and resources: www.falling-asleep.com
Commentary by Julie Flygare:
I was 22 when my knees fight buckled while laughing at a joke. It was the strangest sensation I ever felt. Over the next few years, the buckling got worse til my body was crumbling to the ground – always when laughing or slightly annoyed.
This is CATAPLEXY, a temporary paralysis, ranging from jerky knee-buckling, head-bobbing, eyes-fluttering, slurred speech (talking as if drunk) to collapsing to the ground, paralyzed and unable to move or speak, but fully awake and aware for up to a minute.
It’s terrifying – a bit like being awake in a corpse…
Why do 70% of people with narcolepsy experience this? Actually EVERY person experiences this same paralysis, only while asleep during REM/dream sleep at night – our bodies paralyze themselves so we don’t act out our dreams (as that would be dangerous).
For people with “type 1 narcolepsy” like myself and Eleanor, the neurological boundaries between sleeping and dreaming have gone haywire – so when feeling certain emotions during the DAY, our bodies mistakenly paralyze themselves for dream sleep, even though we are fully awake.
Terrific infographics, blogs and resources on Eleanor’s site: www.falling-asleep.com.