About the Narcolepsy Website

Narcolepsy is the fourth in a projected series of websites produced by the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine (DSM). The project seeks to translate medical and scientific research on sleep in accessible and useful ways for a general audience. The DSM is doing this in the hopes that clear, accurate information will help individuals improve their sleep, a vital component of human health.

This module provides information on narcolepsy for people with narcolepsy, their family, friends, colleagues, and teachers. Although it is intended for a lay audience, nonspecialist medical professionals may find it useful.

On this website, you’ll find information on the symptoms of narcolepsy, the causes of and science underlying the disorder, tips for living with the condition, and ways narcolepsy is diagnosed and treated. A brief overview of narcolepsy, What Is Narcolepsy? (PDF), may be helpful for friends, family, teachers, co-workers, and doctors.

Video profiles of patients highlight the impact narcolepsy has had on their lives, the benefits of diagnosis and treatment, and the road traveled living with their condition. Their comments reflect their individual experiences and should not be considered medical advice.

The site includes videos and essays, as well as additional references, resources, and links. All of the material on this site has been prepared under the direction of the editor-in-chief of the DSM's Sleep and Health Education Program, Dr. Stuart Quan. The site's content has been reviewed by members of the DSM faculty, as well as by an external editorial board.

This site was originally launched on January 22, 2014, and is maintained by the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine. Latest update was made on January 31, 2021.

For a complete list of the personnel involved in the creation of this site, please visit the Credits page.