Susan Plawsky wrote an excellent post for N24 Awareness Day. This is a mirror of what she wrote on her private Facebook page:
Spreading awareness of N24 (non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder) in solidarity with friends who have this devastating, disabling neurological disorder.
In essence, their body runs on a longer-than-24-hour clock.
It’s like living on non-Earth time. Or like waking up in a new time zone every day.
Hard to imagine; harder to live with.
For ex, today the sufferer might wake up at 8 AM, tomorrow at 9:30 AM, next week at 8 *PM*.
Formal education, employment, relationships, parenting? Challenging, if not impossible.
Making matters worse, the sufferer’s body systems (sleep/wake, digestion, alertness) may be out of sync with each other, so he/she feels chronically awful and exhausted.