The Narcolepsy Nerd Alert series invites fellow #NarcolepsyNerds to explore aspects of the narcolepsy experience, contemplate bold questions, and learn from each other. Each topic begins as a live broadcast, which we are now adapting to be enjoyed via podcast!
Hosted by Julie Flygare (an award-winning geek!), the live broadcasts take place via Project Sleep’s Facebook page. Each event begins with an overview of the day’s topic, followed by an interactive discussion. After each broadcast, we create a corresponding printable toolkit featuring participants’ insights.
If you are more of a podcast person than a broadcast person, all of these great topics will be released on our podcast weekly and can be found here, on our podcast page, or your preferred podcast platform!
Please read the descriptions below and save the dates. These live events are free and open to anyone interested in joining, so please invite friends, family, and fellow #NarcolepsyNerds!
Types of Narcolepsy
Wed., June 29, 2022 at 1:00pm ET
What distinguishes narcolepsy type 1, type 2, and idiopathic hypersomnia? Can your diagnosis change? Hear the latest research and perspectives.
Sleep Paralysis + Hallucinations
Wed., Nov 9, 2022 at 1:00pm ET
Hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations and sleep paralysis can be confusing and scary. Let’s talk about why these happen and how to manage them.
Narcolepsy + Art
Wed., Jan 25, 2023 at 1:00pm ET
What’s your creative outlet? Artists discuss the relationship between their creative expression and their narcolepsy journey.
About Narcolepsy: Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition that impairs the brain’s ability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. It affects 1 in 2,000 people—200,000 Americans and 3 million people worldwide. Because of low awareness and misperceptions, there is an average of 8 to 15 years between narcolepsy symptom onset and diagnosis. Narcolepsy Nerd Alert aims to educate and empower the narcolepsy community.
About Julie: Julie Flygare, JD, serves as President & CEO of Project Sleep. In 2007, Julie was diagnosed with type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy while in law school. Her experience inspired her to become an accomplished advocate, community leader, and the author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. And yes, Julie is actually an award-winning geek, receiving WEGO Health’s “Geek Health Activist” award in 2014.