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Friday, January 4th, 2019

 

What It’s Really Like to Have Narcolepsy

For people with this chronic sleep disorder, there is no corner of life that narcolepsy hasn’t touched. Julie Flygare’s battle with the condition, which has caused extreme exhaustion and even hallucinations, began in college—and she hasn’t stopped fighting since. For 34-year-old Julie Flygare, memories of college are somewhat of a blur. The Los Angeles resident first attributed her sleepiness during classes to the boring subject matter, but when she found herself in the bathroom every hour to wash her face and pinch her cheeks to keep from falling asleep, sheRead More


What It’s Like to Be an Empath

If you feel the earth’s pain before an earthquake or have a panic attack because someone near you is anxious, you might be an empath too. If you search for any article about “empaths“, you’ll find it has thousands of likes and hundreds of shares on Facebook, and in the comments, dozens of people claiming to be an empath themselves. Underneath “30 reasons you could be an empath” or “6 grounding tips for empaths and highly sensitives”, people lament the fact they were born an empath, welcome other newly realisedRead More


No, I’m not wasted or being rude – I’ve got narcolepsy

Other people started to notice too. I remember my friends saying to me, “Belle, it was a joke at first and we used to laugh at it, but now you’re literally falling asleep in every class… Are you OK?” So my mum took me to the doctor. They were reluctant to give me medication at first because I was so young – and they wanted to make sure I wasn’t just staying out late at night, or playing on my phone in bed. I was eventually diagnosed with narcolepsy whenRead More


No, I’m not wasted or being rude – I’ve got narcolepsy

People point, laugh, and even film me when I’m having sleep attacks For most people, sleep is a luxury – something you indulge in on a Sunday morning, curled up in bed without the pressure of an alarm clock. But for me, sleep has become my enemy. My life is pretty routine really – I’m a personal trainer in Amsterdam, where I live with my boyfriend and two other flatmates. I love working out, going shopping with my friends, and going out for dinner. All the usual stuff. But IRead More