Trending girl with ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Syndrome in real life

An Indonesian 17-year-old dubbed as “The Sleeping Beauty” has created a buzz in the netizens.

Nothing nor anyone has been able to wake her up from her sleep. She can sleep from a couple of days to weeks without waking up.

Though it is compared to the fairytale princess who slept for a long time and woke up all perfect and glowing, this condition is nothing but a sad phenomenon.

Siti Raisa Miranda, or Echa, has a rare disorder that causes recurring periods of excessive sleepiness formally called Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS). People with this condition can sleep for 20 hours to months and will have little to no memory of that time.

This unique syndrome happens only to 1 person in a million individuals and still doesn’t have a cure.

In 2017 when Echa was just 13 years old, was the first time that she slept for 13 days which is what convinced her family to take her to a hospital and there had her diagnosed.

During her episodes, her parents take care of her by feeding her, changing her clothes, and trips on the toilet which is a surprise in her sleeping state.

Sleeping for days might be a good idea or a dream for others who lack sleep but a human’s body will suffer the consequences.

Episodes can trigger symptoms such as:

  • hallucinations
  • disorientation
  • irritability
  • changes in behavior
  • increased appetite
  • excessive sex drive
  • confusion

Echa, like everyone who has the Sleeping beauty syndrome, has it difficult to live a normal life like attending school, work, or participating in other activities especially as the sleepiness can occur anytime.

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Ram Mancelita
Ram Mancelita
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