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"Sleeping Beauty Syndrome" makes the girl sleep for 64 days

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Nov 19, 2012, 16:19PM IST

New Delhi: A 17-year-old girl, Nicole Delian in Pennsylvania is suffering from a rare condition called Kleine-Levin Syndrome, famously known as "Sleeping Beauty Syndrome". The girl is sleeps for 18 to 19 hours a day.


Even while she is awake the girl sleepwalks and forgets her routine activity like eating, reported Huffington Post.


Delian once slept throughout her holidays and woke up in January to open her Christmas presents.


The rare condition, found in not more than 1,000 people all across the girl, has caused severe trauma to the young girl.


She often sleeps for days, 32 to 64 hours at a stretch.


The syndrome took doctors almost 25 months to diagnose. The girl started sleeping long hours at a very early age of six.


The hibernation state has spanned for as long as 64 hours; unable to take care of herself Delian has required constant supervision.


Kleine–Levin syndrome, KLS, or Sleeping Beauty syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by recurring periods of excessive amounts of sleeping and eating. At the onset of an episode the patient becomes drowsy and sleeps for most of the day and night (hypersomnolence), waking only to eat or go to the bathroom. When awake, the patient’s whole demeanor is changed, often appearing “spacey” or childlike. They also experience confusion, disorientation, complete lack of energy (lethargy), and lack of emotions (apathy). Individuals are not able to attend school or work or care for themselves. Most are bedridden, tired, and uncommunicative even when awake.


With Inputs from Wikipedia.

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