winner san francisco book festival biography autobiography award wide awake and dreaming memoir narcolespy julie flygare
wide awake and dreaming san fran book festival winner 2013

"Julie's memoir describes with eloquence the transformation of a life by narcolepsy, from dreams to nightmares."

Emmanuel Mignot, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Stanford University Center for Sleep Sciences


The audiobook of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy is now available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. 

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Julie Flygare was on an ambitious path to success, entering law school at age 22, when narcolepsy destroyed the neurological boundaries between dreaming and reality in her brain. She faced terrifying hallucinations, paralysis and excruciating sleepiness – aspects of dream sleep taking place while wide awake.

Yet, narcolepsy was a wake-up call for Julie. Her illness propelled her onto a journey she never imagined – from lying paralyzed on her apartment floor to dancing euphorically at a nightclub; from the classrooms of Harvard Medical School to the start line of the Boston Marathon.

Winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Award for Biography/Autobiography, Wide Awake and Dreaming is a revealing first-hand account of dreams gone wrong with narcolepsy. It’s the brave story of one woman trampling over barriers and finding light in the darkest of circumstances.

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Mill Pond Swan Publishing
Copyright © 2013 Julie Flygare
ISBN: 978-0-9883149-0-0 (Paperback)
ISBN:  978-0-9883149-1-7 (Kindle)


Photo taken for my VIA Award in Excellence at City of Hope

I am a narcolepsy advocate, speaker, and the award-winning author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. Living in Los Angeles and serving as President & CEO of Project Sleep, I love opening people's hearts and minds to the real narcolepsy, a neurological disorder affecting 3 million people worldwide. Thanks for stopping by!

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