Real Life Sleeping Beauty Sleeps for 64 Days
A rare sleeping disorder commonly known as Sleeping Beauty syndrome causes 17 year old Nicole Delian to sleep for up to 64 days at a time; her short periods of waking each day are used to eat and use the bothroom in a state described by her other as close to sleepwalking.
The girl who slept for 64 days is from North Fayette, Pennsylvania was finally diagnosed with the illness scientifically known as Kleine Levin Syndrome after 25 months of tests and medical theories. The medical condition is so rare it is thought to only affect around 1,000 people around the world, reports the Huffington Post.
To control the illness the Delian’s use a mixture of medications designed for use with other sleeping disorders, such as narcolepsy.
Alongside the symptoms of sleeping for days through to months the symptoms of Sleeping Beauty syndrome can also include disorientation and food cravings.
Nicole’s sleeping condition is so severe that she once slept through Christmas, awaking one day in January when she finally opened gifts alongside her family, according to ChartiersValley.Patch.com.
“She’s never really adjusted to it,” her mother, Vicki Delien told the website. “She’s 17 now and it really upsets her. She’s missed out on a lot.”
In some cases patients have reported blurred vision and periods of increased, uninhibited sexual behavior.
According to Wikipedia, affected individuals may go for a period of weeks, months or even years without experiencing any symptoms, and then they reappear with little warning. In between episodes those diagnosed with KLS appear to be in perfect health with no evidence of behavioral or physical dysfunction.
There is no definitive treatment for Kleine–Levin syndrome.