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Hysteria Radio - Podcast Interview

Brooke Cox


I explain Narcolepsy to healthy people with a metaphor where hypocretin—the neurotransmitter that controls sleep and wake states—is a cage; and REM sleep—dream stage—is a wild dog.  People without Narcolepsy have a cage and the wild dog goes into this cage at appropriate times. People with Narcolepsy lost their cage. We have this wild animal roaming our brains. With any wild animal, it won’t always obey.  It’s exhausting dealing with an untrainable presence in your brain, constantly fighting you and trying to make you sleep. You may win battles throughout the day, but the dog always wins the war.”


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