Monday, 2 July 2012

SLEEPING BEAUTY SYNDROME

Couldn't help but write about this... Remember the story of the ‘sleeping beauty’; well it exists in our time except that 1. It’s not a curse from a wicked witch 2. There is no prince charming to wake you up. It’s called the KLEINE- LEVINE Syndrome or sleeping beauty syndrome and it is neurological disorder characterized by excessive SLEEP.  



Some days back, I read about a 15 year old British school girl, Stacey Comerford, who woke up from a 2- month sleep only to find she had missed nine GCSE exams.
 “When she’s in an episode, she might get up to go to the toilet or get a drink but she’s not awake. I call it sleep mode,” her mother Bernie Richards explained to a British newspaper, adding that Stacey has lost nearly 28lbs because of the condition. “I’ve missed nine exams and my birthday in November,” Stacey said.
Stacey started experiencing symptoms about a year ago, but the condition is so rare that she was only diagnosed in March, according to The Mirror.
There is no known cure for Kleine-Levin Syndrome, but some experts believe individuals grow out of it.

Affected individuals are completely normal between these episodes but may sleep up to 20 hours a day for extended periods of time. It’s estimated that just 1,000 people worldwide have the condition.
The cause of Kleine-Levin syndrome is not known. Thus, family support and education are the best management currently available.
To know more about ‘Sleeping Beauty Syndrome’, click here
How’s your day so far?
Another rainy day in Lagos and honestly I'm feeling sleepy :)
Oh well!!!
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