Girl Slept for 64 days: Real-life Sleeping Beauty sleeps for 64 days

Filed in Health, Odd News by on November 20, 2012 0 Comments

Sleeping beauty comes to life!

A 17-year-old girl named Nicole Delien who slept for 64 days appeared on “The Jeff Probst Show” to discuss a condition known as Kleine–Levin syndrome, KLS, or Sleeping Beauty syndrome, which causes her to sleep excessively.

During her longest sleeping episode, Delien slept nearly non-stop from Thanksgiving until the following year and missed all the holiday festivities. She also missed a family vacation to Disney World due to her condition and has slept through birthdays and Christmas. During her sleeping spells, she wakes up to eat and use the bathroom. However, she remains in a sleep-like state even when briefly awake.

Girl slept for 64 days: Nicole Delien was diagnosed with ‘Sleeping Beauty Disorder’
Girl slept for 64 days diagnosed with 'Sleeping Beauty Disorder'

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Young males are the typical victims of the disorder, which is often characterized by “‘ … disorientation, hallucination, child-like behaviour, binge-eating and periods of hyper-sexuality when awake,’ according to an Oxford Journals report,” according to information made available by Daily Mail on Nov. 18, 2012. It is also marked by depression in female sufferers.

Medication has helped the girl who slept for 64 days improve her condition, but she has yet to discover a cure. The medication helps make her sleeping spells happen less frequently. The cause of Kleine–Levin syndrome, KLS, or Sleeping Beauty syndrome, is unknown. However, some believe it may be caused by an autoimmune disorder or a hereditary component.

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