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  • Ode to Joy: Understanding narcolepsy with cataplexy

    Aug 22 2019...
    The main character in the new film “Ode to Joy” is someone we don’t often see in movies or on TV: a person who has narcolepsy with cataplexy. READ MORE>>
  • Rusty the narcoleptic dog

    Dec 22 2017...
    Have you heard of Rusty the narcoleptic dog? He’s the star of a popular YouTube clip, which shows him running and barking in the grass before suddenly falling asleep. The video, posted in 2005, has racked up over four million views. Video footage was taken from a 1990’s psychology education video, so it’s likely that Rusty has passed away since then, after living the glamorous life of an internet sensation. READ MORE>>
  • My life with narcolepsy

    Jul 20 2017...
    During my first 15 years of life, I was a hyperactive child. I was always mischievous, a standout athlete, but a very poor student. I lacked focus and often blurted out ridiculous statements. My report cards always had the comment, “Norman is very smart but rarely applies himself.” The real problem, I learned at age 55, was that I had attention deficit disorder (ADD), which made reading retention almost impossible. READ MORE>>
  • Short sleepers and long sleepers

    Apr 10 2017...
    It’s not uncommon to meet an adult who sleeps less than six hours a night, but it is uncommon to meet one who feels rested after six hours of sleep or less. Contrary to popular belief, there is a small percentage of adults who don’t require the recommended seven hours of sleep each night. Someone like this is called a short sleeper, and they function well during the day even after sleeping less than six hours a night. READ MORE>>
  • Brain chemical could be key to happiness

    Mar 25 2013...
    The neurochemical changes underlying human emotions and social behavior are largely unknown. However, scientists at UCLA have measured the release of a specific peptide, a neurotransmitter called hypocretin, that greatly increased when subjects were happy but decreased when they were sad.

    The finding suggests that boosting hypocretin could elevate both mood and alertness in humans, thus laying the foundation for possible future treatments of psychiatric disorders like depression by targeting measureable abnormalities in brain chemistry. READ MORE>>
  • Study may explain how brain remains alert during waking hours

    Feb 19 2013...
    A new study led by an international team of biologists at UCLA and the University of Toronto, has identified some of the brain chemicals that allow seals to sleep with half of their brain at a time.

    “Seals do something biologically amazing – they sleep with half their brain at a time,” said Professor John Peever of the University of Toronto. “The left side of their brain can sleep while the right side stays awake. Seals sleep this way while they're in water, but they sleep like humans while on land. Our research may explain how this unique biological phenomenon happens." READ MORE>>
  • Sleep walking for narcolepsy awareness

    Feb 23 2012...
    The Sleep Education blog invited Julie Flygare, author of the REM Runner blog, to blog about her experiences as a person with narcolepsy. Julie is an avid runner, and participated in the Boston Marathon to raise awareness and funds towards finding a cure for narcolepsy. READ MORE>>