Doctors say narcolepsy has a huge impact on everyday life, reports The National.

The 26-year-old Emirati, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, has narcolepsy, meaning she experiences periods of extreme daytime sleepiness and sudden, irresistible bouts of sleep that can strike at any time. Many sufferers never know when a “sleep attack” – usually lasting a few seconds to several minutes – may strike.

She cannot recall many of her sleeping episodes and many times her friends have had to remind her of when she has fallen into such a deep sleep that she cannot be roused – even in public places.