A 17-year-old tells The Press Democrat about his struggles with narcolepsy.

You can imagine the negative impact on a person’s life. Despite the miracle of modern medicine, a good night’s sleep is scarce. Six hours is the maximum I get and even then it’s only three hours at a time, while the rest is tossing and turning. Persistent drowsiness occurs often, making daytime activities a struggle. Things like homework are difficult, not because of lack of interest, but the tiredness eats away my concentration.