Wednesday , December 8 2021

Student Sleeps Non-Stop For Three Weeks Due To Strange ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Syndrome

Have you heard of Sleeping Beauty Syndrome? A student who can sometimes sleep for 22 hours a day has hit back at people who accuse her of being lazy. She is experiencing Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a condition that makes someone sleep non-stop for weeks, probably just waking up to eat, use the bathroom and fall asleep afterwards.

Rhoda Rodriguez-Diaz, 21, has slept for weeks at a time due to her disorder (Picture: SWNS)

Rhoda Rodriguez-Diaz, 21, suffers with the rare sleeping beauty syndrome which, at it’s worst, has left her sleeping for up to three weeks, waking up only to eat junk food, drink and go to the toilet, reports Metro UK.

The condition got so bad that at one point she was kicked out of university for falling asleep during her exams, but has now been given a second chance.
She said: ‘Life goes on whilst I’m sleeping. Reality hits me when I wake up and realise I’ve missed like a week of my life.

‘I feel a huge setback when it does happen. I miss out on so much. That’s the hardest part of it. ‘It’s hard to explain to people where I have been. Because it’s so rare a lot of people struggle to understand.

Rhoda was dismissed from De Montfort University in Leicester last year after missing a number of coursework deadlines and half of her exams because she was asleep.

It wasn’t until after she was kicked out that she finally got a diagnosis from a GP in September.
‘My friends say they can tell when I have an episode coming on because my mood changes,’ said Rhoda ‘I get worked up and my behaviour changes drastically.’
Thankfully, the university acknowledged Rhoda’s ‘exceptional case’ and have allowed her to re-take her second year of studies. Rhoda, who lives in Leicester, slept for over 60 hours in just three days during her last episode about three months ago.

Rhoda Rodriguez-Diaz has thankfully been allowed to re-sit her second year of studies (Picture: SWNS)

She typically snacks on junk food during nap breaks, causing her to put on weight. As a child, Rhoda was diagnosed with hyper insomnia – characterised by tiredness – and struggled to cope with life at school. She would fall asleep in the study area and found it difficult to join in with sports due to her constant tiredness.

As an adult, she says it does leave her feeling ‘depressed’ sometimes as she misses out on a lot and struggles with social isolation.

Here are some facts about Kleine-Levin Syndrome. The exact cause of Sleeping Beauty Syndrome is unknown, but some experts say hereditary factors can give people a genetic disposition to develop it. It is thought the condition relates to a malfunction of the part of the brain which regulates sleep, appetite and body temperature. Other symptoms include excessive food intake and behavioural changes such as an abnormal sex drive. Treatment often includes a joint effort from a range of specialists and is based on managing symptoms. Stimulants can be used to help keep patients awake. ‘My friends say they can tell when I have an episode coming on because my mood changes,’ said Rhoda ‘I get worked up and my behaviour changes drastically.’

Rhoda is keen to move on to the next chapter of her life, knowing now that people with Kleine-Levin Syndrome often grow out of it eventually. She added: ‘This is just a hiccup in my life and I am just waiting until it fades out. I want to be taken serious in life and this isn’t helping. ‘I’m determined to not let it have a big impact on my life. It is one part of me and not who I am.’

Source: Metro UK

About Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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17 comments

  1. This is hilarious

  2. WOW!ANYTHING TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL, LADIES EH

  3. Abeg make she no die o ,during this process

  4. Simon Chiamaka Peace

    Best sleep ever trust me

  5. This kind beauty therapy go work wella

  6. Ezekwo Chinenye Josephine

    What a funny character

  7. Onuorah Adaeze Chidimma

    There’s nothing wey person no go hear ooo….

  8. Very strange indeed!!

  9. Anikor Victoria

    Na was ooo this kind of beauty syndrome eeeh is not good for a student.

  10. Emmanuella Ezeifeka

    I think they should start a support group for those with the syndrome

  11. Chukwunedu Nkechi. F.

    lol… there is nothing I will not hear again

  12. God should please send her a prince charming.

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