The NapCave Story
WELCOME TO THE NAPCAVE.com! This is the sub-blanket location that hosts the headquarters of Sleepy American Superhero, whose secret identity is about to be revealed to you… The NapCave is a secret safe haven where people struggling with Cataplexy, Sleep Paralysis, and Hypnagogic Hallucinations can come for support and to recharge their superpowers. Outside the NapCave mainstream society does not realize the superpowers it takes to live with Narcolepsy with Cataplexy, Fibromyalgia, and similar life-altering conditions. People go on living their ordinary lives with no clue of the strength and unparalleled resilience certain people around them build up just to get through the day. To keep smiling in spite of going through some of the most painful, humiliating situations any person could imagine requires superhuman strength. These people often think of disabled people and people with life-altering disorders as helpless individuals, depending on other people all the time, without recognizing the invisible struggles that people around them go through. It might be their neighbor or colleague who secretly goes through this fight every day.
Our mission is to de-mask and demystify these conditions to inform the public of the symptoms associated with Narcolepsy and Sleep Attacks! I will start by taking off my superhero mask… … and reveal my true identity: My name is Rachel Nesmith and I live with Narcolepsy with cataplexy, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Depression, and Neuropathy. I created napcave.com with the goal of educating the public about the symptoms of Narcolepsy and empowering persons with chronic illness and disabilities. NapCave is a platform for creating awareness of these conditions and help those affected to realize that they are not lazy, weak or whatever they have been labeled as throughout their lives. The symptoms they experience are caused by medical conditions such as cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hypnagogic hallucinations. And the general public should get to understand that sleep is not laziness but absolutely vital to our physical and mental wellbeing, learning ability and even survival.
Sleeping disorders are not just a disability, they cultivate real superpowers, including SuperHuman Empathy.
Have you heard of the superhero who lost his sight but gained superhuman senses? Ask yourself; what does your condition give you that everyone around you lacks? The experiences you are going through have, without you knowing it, increased your empathic understanding. Our experiences make us extremely attuned to other's feelings, situations, and suffering, compared to so-called “ordinary people.” The tough losses we have suffered has made us more resilient than most people could even imagine. You might have lost your job, grades, financial security and countless opportunities. You might have suffered through unimaginable poverty and hardship, but you have made to this point! You have beat conditions worse than those set up by any super villain — that takes superhuman effort! If you are still able to smile. If you still have the will to face and overcome the pain you suffer. And if you are still able to hope that tomorrow will bring you better opportunities than yesterday, then you have superhuman strength and willpower that Olympic athletes would kill for!
"Suffering in Silence, smiling through our tears despite our pain, makes us Superheroes." — Rachel Nesmith
The stuff Academy Award-winning roles are made of Great novels, movies and plays are never favoring those who walked through life the easy way. Great roles are written with the ultimate underdog in mind: The Disabled, invisible and visible, physical and mental, and the inner strength resounding with deafening resiliency, that it takes to overcome and succeed hopeless situations. These are our true stories, that we live every day! Help bring awareness to the sanctuary of the NapCave, and empower the community of sleepy superheroes, with the Naptastic apparel and accessories Our NapCave Sleepy Tee shop. Make the NapCave your secret supply of Nap Suits and Super Villain Beating Nap Equipment!