Scientists have uncovered key clues to a strange disorder that puts its victims to sleep without warning--often at their own peril. The science boosts hope for new treatments while shedding light on the secrets of sleep
Many schoolchildren try to sneak naps at their desks to get through the boring parts of class. Rainer Schmitt, on the other hand, always fought hard to stay awake. He would nod off anyway--in virtually every class period. And it was never the teacher's fault. Since childhood, Schmitt has suffered from an unusual neurological disorder: narcolepsy.