Narcolepsy is a widely misunderstood condition which can be frustrating and isolating for those who live with it, says a Metro writer.

3. Sleepiness and tiredness are not the same thing

Sleepiness isn’t just lack of energy, it’s having trouble keeping your eyes open, being unable to concentrate, and having the strong urge to nod off.

It feels like you’ve been awake for 24-48 hours.

4. Your naps are a necessity, not a luxury

Don’t call them catnaps. Cats take naps because they want to – we take naps because we have to.

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