Wake Up Narcolepsy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to speeding narcolepsy diagnosis through greater awareness and funding medical research to find a cure.

Narcolepsy is devastating lifelong incurable sleep disorder that affects 1 in 2,000 people. Current research findings support the theory that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disorder.

Wake Up Narcolepsy has quickly become a national leader for narcolepsy research funding and awareness. The money raised directly funds research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for narcolepsy. Unrestricted grants have led to breakthroughs in research and an acceleration of the understanding of this disease. We are dedicated to increasing awareness amongst the public, educators and the medical community.

“People with narcolepsy have been living in the shadows. It’s time to step into the light.”
– Kevin Cosgrove, Co-founder



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What Is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is an autoimmune neurological sleep disorder affecting 1 in 2,000 people. Over 200,000 Americans and 3 million people worldwide have narcolepsy.

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Could I Have Narcolepsy?

This is an important conversation to have with your doctor. Tiredness, fatigue and sleepiness are associated with many disorders and health risks.


Participate in Research

Every advance in the understanding of narcolepsy is based on research. Learn about opportunities to participate in research studies and clinical trials.

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Faces of Narocolepsy


Danielle Brooks: Rollo is a Godsend

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As many of you know, when you have a condition like narcolepsy and cataplexy, you can, and rightly so, start to doubt your abilities and what you can achieve in your life.

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Parker Manka: The Day Everything Became Clear

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Our son Parker was diagnosed with narcolepsy with mild cataplexy on August 1, 2013, at age 10. This was by no means a quick and easy diagnosis. He started showing symptoms in May 2011.

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Hannah Naude: How I Work with Narcolepsy

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It hasn’t been easy and I continue to have my ups and downs. I’ve even had to take two weeks off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) after I was first diagnosed with narcolepsy.

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Kendra Larrabee: Time to Sink or Swim

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“Mom I don’t want to go to practice today, I’m afraid that if I go, I’ll sink.” I was on the swim team for one and half years, since June 2009.

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Nicole Jeray: LPGA Touring Pro

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Nicole Jeray, the Illinois native, is one of the few athletes who have made it to the professional level while suffering from narcolepsy.

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Mary Smyth: At Last, Narcolepsy Doesn’t Define Me

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At 5 years old, my already shattered life fell further apart. By 7, I was completely unable to sleep at night and would hide in my bed and sob at the torture that was the life…

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Candace Dave: A Mother’s Love – Raising a Son with Narcolepsy

Candace’s son Jerren started showing signs of narcolepsy in 3rd grade, many doctors who treated him gave no clear answers…

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