Everyone has felt so tired that they could sleep the day or weeks away. But what if it’s something that you can’t help and can’t control? It is happening to one Minnesota woman. According to CBS Minnesota, 23-year-old Delanie Weyer was a normal, healthy teenager, when at the age of 18, she was noticing a change in her sleep pattern. “When I was 18, that was my first episode is what they call it,” Wever explains “I was sleeping a lot. When I was awake, I was delusional…I sleep anywhere from 15-20 hours a day. I just have no motivation to do anything, a very depressed feeling, really frustrated because I don’t know what’s going on”.
After seeing multiple doctors, one doctor, Dr. Ranji Varghese at the HCMC’s Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, concluded that she suffers from Kleine-Levin Syndrome, otherwise known as “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome”. This is so rare disease, that 1 in a million people are diagnosed with it, and there is only 500 documented cases to date. Although this is found mostly in teenage boys who eventually grow out of it, Dr. Varghese found that Delanie is the first woman he ever diagnosed.
There is no cure for Kleine-Levin Syndrome or even an absolute reason behind it, but we hope that Delanie will at least have peace in knowing what it is so she can go on to live a beautiful life.