Lindsay Scola, Sleep Advocate

Your New Life Blend

Apr 17 2024 • 34 mins

Sure, we all get tired. But Lindsay Scola's tired was different. She was constantly exhausted, dozed off frequently, experienced night terrors, anxiety and brain fog, and sometimes, hallucinations. Doctors suggested that perhaps it was her demanding career working with high-powered leaders in entertainment, politics and government (including being part of the Obama administration), but still, this had been going on for two decades and Lindsay knew that something else was going on. It took years of telling doctors about her symptoms before finally, at age 35, she got confirmation that yes, her tired was different: she had narcolepsy.

Armed with this new information about her own health, Lindsay has become a patient advocate and sleep evangelist, writing and speaking widely to share her story and help others find clarity about their own health. In this episode of "Your New Life Blend," host Shoshanna Hecht talks to Lindsay about her sleep journey and the complexities of sleep issues for different people (yes, your tired might be different!); how to best advocate for ourselves with medical professionals (before they pass you a pamphlet and send you on your way); and how to be ambitious and productive when our bodies are not cooperating.


SHOW NOTES

Website
https://www.lindsayscola.com

"For Years Doctors Told Me My Constant Exhaustion and Night Terrors Were Normal. They Weren’t," Self
https://www.self.com/story/constant-exhaustion-narcolepsy-essay

"Waking Up to a New Era of Sleeping Well: In Conversation with Lindsay Scola," Thrive Global
https://community.thriveglobal.com/waking-up-to-a-new-era-of-sleeping-well-in-conversation-with-lindsay-scola

"Everyone Around Me Was Tired: I had no idea my tired was different," WieSuite
https://www.thewiesuite.com/post/everyone-around-me-was-tired-i-had-no-idea-my-tired-was-different

Social Media:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-scola-a75b431
https://www.instagram.com/lindsay.scola
https://www.threads.net/@lindsay.scola

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