Sleeping Beauty Syndrome
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome is a sleep disorder that’s not the common but it is out there. In recent reports a Pittsburgh teenager is dealing with the sleep disorder also known as Kleine-Levin syndrome. The 17-year-old Pittsburgh teenager Nicole Delien slept for a record-breaking 64 days in her longest sleeping episode.
Nicole Delien is a Pennsylvania teen who had a disorder known as “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome.” She was reported today to have slept for 64 days straight. It is not the normal thing you hear about every day it’s almost as if she was hibernating. When the 17 year old teen Nicole Delien woke up from her dream state she along with her family wanted answers.
In medical terms the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome is called Kleine-Levin Syndrome. Kleine Levin Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by recurring periods of excessive amounts of sleeping and eating. During an episode the patient becomes drowsy and sleeps for most of the day and night waking up only to eat or go to the bathroom. Furthermore when the patient is awake their mood is often changed seeming to be very cranky, spacey or childlike.
So far the causes according to some researchers speculate that there may be a hereditary predisposition or that it may be the result of an autoimmune disorder. However both proposals need not be mutually exclusive with the result being a malfunction of the portion of the brain that helps to regulate functions such as sleep, appetite, and body temperature. Recently as the number of people with the disorder slowly seem to increase studies have suggested there may be a link to a deficiency in dopamine that the body produces.
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome
For Nicole who recently slept for 64 days the teenager wasn’t diagnosed for two years after her first long sleep. It’s been recorded that many teens need a lot of sleep however it was definitely clear that something was wrong with Nicole Delien. Nicoles mother said that it is really disappointing because her daughter misses out on holidays and family events. She also stated that one year her daughter had slept from Thanksgiving through New Years.
Unfortunately there is no cure for the disease but Nicole is being put on drugs to try to help the matter. The drugs that she is taking are the same ones used to treat epilepsy and narcolepsy. Her doctors have recorded that she only has 2 episodes a year now however those episodes still last anywhere from 30 to 60 days.
Our hopes and prayers go to Nicole, her family and the rest of the patients and families who suffer from the disorder.
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