Melyoyo! I don't know if you remember me, but I've been following you forever and your blog is my favorite of all time. When I first started following you, I think you mentioned that you are narcoleptic? My doctor is talking to me about whether I might fit that diagnosis and I just wonder what kinds of symptoms you had/have and how you combat those. I don't want to pry, so of course, I understand if you don't want to share.
I’m so happy that you reached out to me. If you find out that you don’t have narcolepsy, congratulations, but if you do, then hugs and kisses - you’re pretty awesome :).
Everyone seems to have their own experience of narcolepsy. My own - excessive daytime sleepiness and sleep paralysis. I always sleep at least 6 to 8 hours a night. I nap for an hour in the afternoon, do yoga and only put good food into my body (we need the best fuel available to keep us going throughout the day).
I stay away from coffee because it only makes me more tired, but green tea is good. Most people with narcolepsy also struggle with hunger b/c we lack Orexin. I have to eat small meals every few hours to avoid binge eating and falling asleep.
I know two other narcoleptic law students at my university. Each of us is different, but we all seem to struggle with reading/staying awake. One technique is to take small naps after you read a section as a reward/memory enhancer.
Some days are much worse than others, but I try to be good to myself, as should you. Whatever the outcome is, that is the best advice I have.