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, she knew something was truly amiss. But she still didn’t realize that she had the diagnosable—not to mention dangerous—sleep disorder narcolepsy.