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Is a teenager sleeping 18-19 hours a day… unusual?

November 20, 2012

I guess it is:

A Pennsylvania teenager slept for 64 days from Thanksgiving into January — her longest sleeping episode yet.

Nicole Delien, 17, struggles with a rare sleep disorder called Kleine-Levine, or ‘Sleeping Beauty Syndrome’, which affects an estimated 1,000 people around the world.

During her sleep spells she will wake up in a confused state for small periods of time to eat and go to the bathroom and then fall back to sleep.

Nicole’s mother, Vicki, says her daughter will sleep 18 to 19 hours a day, and when she eventually wakes up to eat she is in a ‘sleepwalking state which she doesn’t remember’, KDKA in Pittsburgh recently reported.

Having raised two teenagers (with two still to go), I’m not sure I’d have been surprised if they’d slept that much in a single day. Although, I guess, doing it day in and day out for months at a time might have raised suspicions. With their mother, that is.

2 Comments
  1. November 21, 2012 6:33 am

    That girl’s parents should really get her evaluated for tick-borne diseases, there are a couple of them that can do that to a person (not one of the ones I have, thankfully).

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