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Narcolepsy Awareness During Daylight Saving Time

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Some people may have felt a bit more tired on Sunday because of the lost hour of sleep that happened due to daylight saving time.

Believe it or not, sleep issues can be very serious for some people.

Since Friday, Jennifer Birri has been taking part in an event called Sleeping In to Make Peace with Sleep.

She says the event is organized to raise funds for research and to raise awareness about narcolepsy.

The project isn’t all about sleeping though. Jennifer, her daughter and some friends have helped participate and have made signs in their awareness efforts.

Jennifer was diagnosed with narcolepsy in 2014 following a dynamic change that happened within her family.

 Since then, she's been constantly trying to learn more and spread the message about this lifelong disorder that has no cure.

"A lot of people don't understand what the actual symptoms are and one of the biggest ones is excessive daytime sleepiness," says Birri.

She believes some people can relate daylight saving day to the feeling of tiredness and her hope is that this subtle commonality will encourage more people to learn about the disorder.

"They get a little piece of that sleep deprivation and they don't function quite as well, if you want to feel or understand what narcolepsy is you would have to be awake 48 to 72 hours," says Birri.

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