Famous People with Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy is a neurological condition that causes sufferers
to have increased sleepiness during daytime hours. The major symptoms
of narcolepsy are excessive daytime sleepiness (E.D.S.), Cataplexy
and Sleep Paralysis. In addition, rapid eye movement is also a
common sign of this condition.
Famous people with narcolepsy have managed to control their
condition and still become successful and productive in society.
Narcolepsy can range in severity, but class, status and celebrity
do not keep you from developing this condition.
List of Famous People with Narcolepsy
- Gabe Barham ( musician)
- Franck Bouyer (French cyclist)
- Lenny Bruce (comedian)
- George M. Church (molecular geneticist)
- Winston Churchill
- Aaron Flahavan (goalkeeper)
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden (science fiction editor and essayist)
- Harold M. Ickes (deputy White House Chief of Staff under
- Nicole Jeray (pro golfer on LPGA)
- Jimmy Kimmel (comedian and talk show host)
- Nastassja Kinski (actress)
- Arthur Lowe (actor)
- Jinkx Monsoon (stage performer)
- Harriet Tubman (underground railroad notable)
Those suspected of having had narcolepsy include Louis Braille,
Kurt Cobain and Thomas Edison. Medical conditions don't discriminate
and affect all humans, because famous people are just humans too.
We might equate celebrities with immortality or increased power,
but they are just like everyone else. In fact, Jimmy Kimmel,
Winston Churchill and Harriet Tubman are famous people
that suffer or had suffered from this abnormal sleep condition.
The amazing thing about these individuals
is that they found a way to limit their symptoms and keep them
from putting limitations on their abilities. Many people with
narcolepsy live normal lives and manage their bouts of sleepiness
effectively. Fame or celebrity have no impact at all on narcolepsy.
The case of Franck Bouyer is an interesting one. He is a professional
French bicycle racer who was prescribed Modafinil for narcolepsy.
Bouyer was banned by several cycling agencies between 2004 - 2008
because they did not know how to measure the therapeutic versus
performance enhancing aspect of the drug in a human body. In 2009
a drug called Xyrem came on the market to treat narcolepsy which
Bouyer started taking and he was no longer banned from the sport.
Counting Sheep ...
Narcolepsy involves random bouts of daytime drowsiness, but also
leads to disturbed nighttime sleeping patterns. This causes random
awakenings that can make normal sleep impossible. This condition
is caused by a neuron deficiency in the brain that is most often
Therefore, this condition is passed down and can be traced to
your genetics, in most cases. In order to get a proper diagnosis
all individuals, including famous people, must consult with a
sleep specialist. This condition may seem like it is rare or unknown,
but more than three million people suffer from narcolepsy.
Sometimes when we see celebrities
on television or read about them in history, we
assume that we know all aspects of their daily lives. However,
famous individuals like Nastassja Kinski, Lenny Bruce and Harold
M. Ickes had to deal with their narcoleptic symptoms in the same
way that all sufferers do.
Just because they have increased wealth or fame, that doesn't
mean their symptoms are lessened or have a lesser impact on their
life. Instead, they merely dealt with their condition publicly
and became famous examples of this neurological condition. Narcolepsy
can impact your overall life, but it can be managed and dealt
with if doctor supervision is attained.
Many medical conditions that you are diagnosed with can have
a tremendous impact on your entire life, but the trick is to learn
how to manage your health condition effectively without letting
it define you.