While narcolepsy affects some 250,000 Americans, less than a quarter of those living with the chronic neurological disorder are ever actually diagnosed.
Narcolepsy is caused by a loss of the brain’s neurotransmitters that control our sleep-wake cycles. Often times, those that go undiagnosed are mistaken for simply being lazy, or suffering from bipolar disorder, depression or epilepsy.
The guy in the shocking video above had no idea he had narcolepsy; that is, until his in-vehicle camera captured him falling asleep behind the wheel. Here’s what he wrote on the YouTube Post:
Previously unknown medical condition caused a crash on 4/2/2015. I have never passed out in 26 years, but suddenly passed out. I wasn’t tired, sleepy or anything like that. The last thing i remembered was turning off the cruise control, then I just passed out…
Thankfully, his car veered off the highway and into a field–avoiding injury himself or other drivers. We can’t say the same for his car, though.
There’s more to the story, and what happened afterward. You can read about that here.