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Do YOU Fall Asleep Uncontrolably Or Feel Tired ALL The Time?

Posted by John D. Lyle on October 27, 1999 at 10:23:19:

Do you fall asleep, like "bang!". Or do you feel extremely tired all the time, but have learnt to control it.
I don't actually fall asleep, as such, but just feel tired all the time. If I shut my eyes I might go, but I have learnt to avoid situations which could trigger it.
I have found that if I keep my mind stimulated, I am able to fight-back against the tiredness. People accuse me of being "too intelligent", but I have to focus on such topics/conversations in order to keep alert. If I am talking to someone & get bored I literally switch off. I don't remember what they,ve said & just "blank out".
What I am trying to discover is: Do you actually have to fall asleep uncontrolably to have Narcolepsy?
Perhaps there are two types, those who fall asleep & those who just feel extremely tired all the time.
The text-book definition is that we could fall asleep like at the dinner table, with our head falling into the food, but I don't do this. I just feel sleepy ALL the time.
What about you?

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