The Kids Who Can't Stay Awake

About the Show

About the Show

Exploring the impact of narcolepsy on everyday lives, this documentary shows what it's like growing up with a condition which goes way beyond "nap attacks". Capturing the poignant aspects of life with narcolepsy, we meet teenagers like 15-year-old Chloe, who nods off up to thirty times a day. From terrifying hallucinations to daytime sleepwalking and uncontrollable appetites, how do families deal with the extreme symptoms? Through observational filming, and contributions from medical experts, we unwind the mystery of an extraordinary international phenomenon - hundreds of young people around the world are being diagnosed with narcolepsy in the wake of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Did a life-saving vaccine have devastating effects?


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