This Woman With Narcolepsy Filmed Herself Dancing. The Footage Gave Us Chills.

Scary and heartbreaking.

Sarah Elizabeth suffers from narcolepsy, a sleep disorder characterized by loss of control over sleep-wake cycles. People with narcolepsy may feel the urge to sleep constantly, and they often have sleep attacks during which they spontaneously fall asleep for anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. Elizabeth's condition is further exacerbated by regular bouts of cataplexy, a sudden loss of muscle control that renders a person unable to move.

"It can be very frustrating to try to explain what it's like to people who have never seen narcolepsy in real life, and how much of a struggle it can be," Elizabeth writes in the video description. "Most people think that it's funny until they see what actually happens, or they are completely unprepared and get really scared and panic."

Elizabeth posted the video of herself struggling through a dance routine as a way to help educate people about her disease. "Just like people with epilepsy, I can't control having a sleep attack or cataplexy any more than they can control having a seizure," she writes.

Elizabeth also did a highly informative AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, which you can read here.

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