Did You Know About 'The Sleeping Beauty Syndrome'?

Most of us would have heard of the popular fairy-tale, the sleeping beauty, while growing up, right?

It's the one where a beautiful princess gets cursed by an evil witch and so she goes into a deep slumber for years together, until a handsome prince decides to find her and wakes her up with a kiss, proving the power of true love!

Well, when you think back about that tale, when you are all grown up, you may laugh a little, thinking that it all seems so far-fetched and silly!

Well, did you know that there is a serious disorder that affects the nervous system in humans known as the 'sleeping beauty syndrome'?

Yes, also known as the Kleine-Levin syndrome, this dangerous rare disorder can completely take over a person's life!

People suffering with Kleine-Levin syndrome go into deep slumbers for a prolonged period of time, and they cannot seem to get back to the conscious state even after 18 hours of sleep per day or sometimes even more!

This syndrome can affect a person's life, as he/she may miss out on schooling, finding jobs, socialising, etc.

So, have a look at some of the strange facts about the Kleine-Levin syndrome, here.

Fact #1

The Kleine-Levin syndrome is extremely rare and is seen in just about a 1000 people in the entire world!

Fact #2

This disorder is named after Willi Kleine and Max Levin who first diagnosed and described this syndrome in a patient during the early 20th century.

Fact #3

Patients suffering from this disorder can also exhibit cognitive behavioural changes and mood instabilities.

Fact #4

Many patients affected with Kleine-Levin syndrome have no memory of their episodes, when they finally come back to the conscious state.

Fact #5

In many cases, people affected with this disorder tend to experience disorientation and deteriorated communication skills.

Fact #6

Many patients have also reported experiencing hallucinations and delusions, even when they are in a conscious state of mind.

Fact #7

Although the cause for this syndrome is not entirely known, research studies say that it could be due to certain malfunctions happening in the brain, mainly the hypothalamus.

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Story first published: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 15:00 [IST]
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