The worst thing is that I was made to believe it was in my power to control. I blamed myself because that’s what society taught me. If I would just get more sleep, stop eating junk food, drink more water, or be more active, I would be fine. Others try to compare sleepiness. Sleep deprivation is not a competition of who should be more tired because they did more. For many people, the battle doesn’t stop even after a diagnosis. It’s facing the hypocrisy when everyone says it’s OK to be on medication, but if you tell someone you take medication to stay awake, they respond by saying they wish they could get some of that. My medical condition is seen as a joke, but what they don’t see is that narcolepsy is so much more than just being tired. It’s also feeling like you’re walking through a dream and living life on airplane mode — like your head is in the clouds, not receptive to the outside world.
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