Word of the Day: Narcolepsy

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narcolepsy \NAHR-kuh-lep-see\, noun:

a disorder characterized by uncontrollable bouts of sleepiness during the daytime, occasional loss of muscle power and paralysis, and hallucinations during sleep.

My usage:

After a weekend bout of partying, most young people claim narcolepsy as the number once reason they can’t function on Monday morning at work—but most employers are not fooled by such claims.

OR

My best friend has selective narcolepsy. Just when you want to ask her something important, she gets sleepy.

Hmm, that one was kinda lame.

Oh well. πŸ˜›

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2 thoughts on “Word of the Day: Narcolepsy

  1. tjbailey says:

    I have Narcolepsy. The muscle loss is actually a sie effect called Cataplexy. Many emotions among other things can cause a Cataplexy attack to occur. They resemble small seizures. The person having the attack is aware during the whole attack, which can make them very frightening.

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  2. Queen of Sleep says:

    When I was recently diagnosed, I used to get upset when people made jokes such as yours because it showed they had no idea or respect for the pain and suffering an undiagnosed narcoleptic goes through. One “friend” still has an inhouse joke at work where she and her employees will use the word nacoleptic like this: (zone out for a second) oh – sorry – I just had a narcoleptic moment! ha! Ha!
    I used humour to help myself get through the most hellish parts but to hear someone else using it – felt hurtful. Today, I don’t mind! It’s still not funny but it doesn’t hurt my feelings anymore.
    I also think it’s important to get people’s attention and raise awareness of narcolepsy because it is such misunderstood condition, and if humour can succeed in doing that, why not use it?
    Happy New 2011!
    Queen of Sleep (www.queenofsleep.wordpress.com)

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