What is it? Narcolepsy is a disorder that makes you less able to control when you want to sleep or when you want to be awake. The perhaps best known symptom is having periods of excessive daytime sleepiness – people with narcolepsy often become very tired or even fall asleep for a few minutes in… Continue reading What happens in narcolepsy, exactly?
What is it? Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is a very rare genetic disease. The average age of onset is 50. Symptoms start as an increasing insomnia that eventually results in panic attacks, paranoia, and phobias. Then hallucinations and panic attacks become even more severe. Eventually the person is not able to sleep at all, which… Continue reading What happens in fatal familial insomnia, exactly?
What is it? Delayed sleep-phase syndrome (DSPS) is a chronic dysregulation of a person’s sleep-wake cycle. The most visible symptoms often present themselves as falling asleep a lot later than the general norms of the surrounding society would allow, even if the person is regularly woken up after insufficient sleep. The syndrome also affects the… Continue reading What happens in delayed sleep-phase syndrome, exactly?