Narcolepsy is a very strange disorder and many people don't know much about it. Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder not a mental condition. A person with this disorder will experience the incredible urge to sleep at inappropriate times, affecting nearly every aspect of a persons life. Daily tasks that most of us take for granted are much harder to cope with when dealing with narcolepsy. Experts have linked Narcolepsy to low levels of a protein called hypocretin, which is produced in the brain. It's unclear as to why the brain produces less hypocretin than normal. Narcolepsy also tends to run in families.
Unfortunately there isn't any known cure for narcolepsy. Instead, physicians and psychologists focus on treating the symptoms. Narcoleptic attacks are usually very short, ranging from a few seconds to several minutes. Strong emotions such as laughter or anger will often trigger an attack. As you'll see in the video below, narcolepsy is very hard to live with. Psychologists are pioneers of understanding how the brain works and hopefully someday their research will prove helpful for people who suffer from this unfortunate disorder.