About Sleepy American Superhero


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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 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, Possible Multiple Sclerosis 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.

  1. Parenting WITH Narcolepsy with Cataplexy 
  2. Pregnancy with Narcolepsy with Cataplexy 
  3. Adjusting/ Reassessing your New self Post Narcolepsy 
  4. Staying Positive even in Hard Times
  5. How Humor can Heal what Narcolepsy Impacts
  6. How to respond to inappropriate things people often say to us re Narcolepsy
  7. Importance of Advocacy
  8. How our Awareness Efforts have Forever improved Stigma and timelier Diagnoses over the past 2 decades
  9. The hidden advantages of having Narcolepsy 
  10. Feeling good about yourself DESPITE our Challenges

 

I create, design, sell original and licensed shirts, mugs, pillows for Napcave.com


Cataplexy, a rarely mentioned but life debilitating symptom of Narcolepsy… yes the disorder which is terrorized by the mainstream media. Truth is that the more you know about Narcolepsy, the less funny you realize it is. The most common trigger of Cataplexy are laughter, anger, surprise, and fear. My top three in order of severity in cataplexy triggers are laughter, fighting/feeling extreme sleepiness(sleep attack), and anger. Everyone pokes at me to wake me up, until I instill it upon them to let me nap or else… for the first several moments of waking or feeling very sleepy, its dangerous to try to stand up or walk, as full body collapse to the floor extended cataplexy is typically inescapable.

Check out my personal blog at http://www.sleepyamerican.net

Interests and Topics of expertise: Narcolepsy, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hypnogogic hallucinations, sleep disorders, meeting new friends and keeping in touch with good ole pals. I love online networking, shopping, and non-fiction, too! I am really into politics and disability rights and governmental change.

Movies I like: I know it's sappy, but The Notebook and Big Fish, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, A Beautiful Mind All the Anne of Green Gables, Die Hard, Terminator, Charlotte's Web, and Good Will Hunting too.


Favorite Music: I really like Nickelback and Linkin Park, Third Eye Blind, too. Evanescence is pretty cool, too. Of course you gotta love all the good classics too, esp. Lynard Skynard, cause I'm a Freebird

Favorite Books: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett'

Narcolepsy: A Funny Disorder that's No Laughing Matter by Marguaritte Utley, who's a friend of mine,

Siddhartha by Herman Hess,

The Bible

Psychological and Psychosocial Affects of Narcolepsy

Wide Awake and Dreaming by Julie Flygare

If you were a wrestler, what would be your finishing move? The Sleeper Hold Ha Ha!