Narcolepsy is a disorder that causes people to fall asleep uncontrollably during normal waking hours.
The monsters eyes reflect these involuntary ‘sleep attacks’, as distorted perceptions and hallucinations can result, either at the time of falling asleep (hypnagogic) or at the time of waking up (hypnopompic). The monsters eyes and large ears symbolise seeing and hearing things that are not there, which may accompany ‘sleep paralysis’ (the inability to move or speak upon falling asleep or waking up) - another symptom of narcolepsy. Sleep paralysis can be terrifying for the person experiencing such an episode.
Social events for a narcoleptic can become difficult as these ‘sleep attacks’ can be triggered at any moment. Many people with narcolepsy also suffer from ‘cataplexy’ which is a sudden loss of muscle tone but not accompanied by a loss of consciousness. Attacks of cataplexy are usually evoked by strong emotions.
The word ‘Narcolepsy’ across the mouth area represents speaking up about the illness while simultaneously symbolising how the illness keeps you silent.
The word 'monster' refers to the disorder, which can become monstrous without the right treatment or support, this does NOT refer to the people themselves. These illustrations are not designed to take away from the seriousness of these issues, instead they are created to encourage conversation and make these issues more approachable.
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