What is Narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a neurological condition that tricks your brain’s sleep-wake cycle. People with narcolepsy could fall asleep at any moment, regardless of what they are doing, because of this brain confusion. Researchers continue to gather more evidence about how narcolepsy works, but the proof of it being an autoimmune disorder is piling up. It’s not understood why, but the body destroys specific brain cells, producing peptide hypocretin. Hypocretin impacts sleep, arousal, appetite, and energy expenditure. While an amount of these peptides are good, in those with narcolepsy, these peptides send faulty messages to the brain.
Narcolepsy is a rare condition that affects only 1 in 2000 people, but researchers believe the number is understated due to people going undiagnosed.