Dr Christopher Rose, medical director of Covenant Sleep Lab, discusses two of his lab’s patients who have narcolepsy, reports KCBD.

Worried about his safety, Jessica took Jacob to a sleep study.

“They put some little wires in my nose,” Jacob said, “and it didn’t feel so good.”

He still fell asleep, though, and woke to a diagnosis that medical director of Covenant Sleep Lab, Dr. Christopher Rose, says can be devastating.

“Narcolepsy we think is an autoimmune disease. We think that antibodies attack certain areas of the brain and prevent the brain from producing a chemical called orexin,” Rose said. “Orexin keeps us awake, and if you don’t have that orexin, then you have these sleep attacks.”