My name is Rachel, also known as Sleepy American. Having Narcolepsy w/ Cataplexy and Fibromyalgia, I advocate for all persons with Invisible Disabilities. It's most important to have a fellow veteran like myself, to guide and support the newly diagnosed person. This is the time Narcolepsy Newbies feel most vulnerable. Over a decade of YouTube Awareness, Educational, Advocacy, and Personal Accounts on YouTube and Facebook, I strive to bring 'America Forgotten' (Persons with invisible disabilities) to light.
I create, design, sell original and licensed shirts, mugs, pillows for Napcave.com
I’m Rachel Nesmith. aka Sleepy American Superhero participate in and perform in Project-Sleep Organization's program Rising Voices of Narcolepsy, which trains persons with Narcolepsy and/or other Sleeping Disorders to effectively tell their stories as well as spread awareness to misunderstood facts about Narcolepsy and other serious sleep disorders as well as the importance of good sleep quality as a vital building block of health and wellness. Project sleep is founded, owned and run by Julie Flygare, JD an attorney living with Narcolepsy in Los Angeles, CA. Julie wrote Wide Awake and Dreaming: an award-winning Memoir of Narcolepsy published in 2005. Yearly, Project Sleep Trains a new group of Person's with Sleeping Disorders to speak and/or write effectively to spread awareness as well as share our personal stories to expand minds, as well as hearts. a trained Rising Voices of Narcolepsy public speaker and Entrepreneur with Narcolepsy. Creator of Sleepy American Heroes: Youtube Animated Series, I blog at SleepyAmerican.net as well as run Napcave.com. Having profound narcolepsy since 2001, full tetrad in addition to fibromyalgia, RA, Severe Peripheral Neuropathy, and chronic Hepatocellular Adenomas have provided me with wisdom, heart, and coping skills invaluable and precious.
I have a lot of personal experience living with severe Narcolepsy.
- Parenting WITH Narcolepsy with Cataplexy
- Pregnancy with Narcolepsy with Cataplexy
- Adjusting/ Reassessing your New self Post Narcolepsy
- Staying Positive even in Hard Times
- How Humor can Heal what Narcolepsy Impacts
- How to respond to inappropriate things people often say to us re Narcolepsy
- Importance of Advocacy
- How our Awareness Efforts have Forever improved Stigma and timelier Diagnoses over the past 2 decades
- The hidden advantages of having Narcolepsy
- Feeling good about yourself DESPITE our Challenges