Part 3 in a six-part series
When Kim Jackson has one of her least severe narcolepsy attacks, she might slump over, suddenly asleep.
When she has one of her more severe ones, she falls down, suddenly totally paralyzed.
Jackson, 42, suffers from narcolepsy — a sleep disorder that causes abnormal sleep/wake cycles, causing those with it to have unpredictable sleep attacks throughout the day.
While the condition can be inherited, it is also commonly a symptom of a brain injury.
Jackson’s form of narcolepsy includes attacks of cataplexy; a sudden paralysis of some or all of the muscles.
While people suffering from cataplexy may seem unresponsive — and there have been reported cases where sufferers have ended up in a morgue — they can often hear and feel what’s going on around them.
“What happens is your mind is awake but you can’t move, can’t talk. You might be able to move your eyes, but even that is a struggle,” Jackson said.
One of Jackson’s recent attacks took place in…