As far as keeping yourself safe:
If you’re taking medication, be careful who you tell that you’re taking meds & what kind. It’s college, kids are trying all types of drugs or selling them. Students have stolen things out of other students rooms. Make sure you keep them some place safe…& lock your room door every time you leave! If you stay out late, like to go to a party or something. Make sure you’re with people who you trust. I don’t party, do drugs or drink to get totally wasted, but if you should fall asleep for any reason have some one there to make sure no one messes with you or can take you home.
I had my doctor call the ODS lady because she half jokingly said to me, “it kind of sounds like you just want an excuse to sleep in.” My doctor made it much clearer for her to understand.
If you have teachers that aren’t complying with the arrangements made for you through ODS - go let ODS know!
Taking notes &/or while doodling in class helps me stay awake. I have sketch books full of things I’ve drawn just from trying not to doze to a boring lecture!
-Study Tip- I get on YouTube & see if they’re are any documentaries from like the History Channel or BBC on what I’m studying. It’s much easier than trying to go off of JUST reading. Keeps my brain much more active. Studying with friends always helps too!
Also, my doctor prescribed me 10mg tablets of Ritalin that I can take if I’m feeling sleepy & need to make it a couple extra hours.
If I have a morning class, for example at 8:00am. I’ll set out my meds & water on my side table & set my alarm for 6:00am so I can groggily wake up enough to take them real quick. So by the time my 7:00am alarm goes off my heart rates already going & it makes getting up & getting ready much easier!
One thing that I figured out is to make sure you’re okay mentally & emotionally. Being depressed or traumatized makes the sleepiness worse, even harder to get out of bed & keep up with classes. Don’t be afraid to go to see a counselor.
For me, I found that taking one or two classes at a time worked better than trying to do five, six, seven classes at a time - keep in mind I’m also working. It gave me more of an opportunity to focus & get the work done.
Every narcoleptic case is different in some ways and different things work better for different people. There’s no set way you have to do something if you have narcolepsy. You just have to figure out what works best for you.