Narcolepsy is a widely misunderstood sleep disorder which affects around 3 million people worldwide. Lack of awareness, and misrepresentation in the media has led many people to struggle not just with managing their condition, but also coping with the social stigmas and prevalent attitudes in society towards narcolepsy and sleep disorders in general.
In today’s episode we talk to Julie Flygare, lawyer, advocate, award-winning author and CEO of Project Sleep, about the social experience of living with narcolepsy.
This Episode’s Guest
Julie Flygare, JD is the founder of Project Sleep, a non-profit raising awareness about sleep health and sleep disorders. Julie is a leading narcolepsy spokesperson and award-winning author, diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy in 2007. She received her B.A. from Brown University in 2005 & her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2009. In 2013, “Wide Awake and Dreaming” won the First Prize Biography/Autobiography Award at the San Francisco Book Festival.
Upon recognizing that many doctors were unfamiliar with narcolepsy, Julie collaborated with Harvard Medical School researchers in 2009 to establish a 5-hour educational program based on her story now taught to all Harvard Medical School students.