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    Read the following article and then I'll get into the topic of the thread...

    Nicole Delian is tired of sleeping

    This 17-year-old teenager from North Fayette, Pa., has a rare condition called Kleine-Levin Syndrome -- or "Sleeping Beauty Syndrome" -- that makes her sleep 18 to 19 hours a day.

    And when she does wake up, she is often so tuckered out that she is in a sleepwalking state and doesn't remember doing basic things like eating, according to KDKA-TV.

    Nicole's somnambulant state has been so severe that she once slept through the holidays, awaking one day in January when she finally opened Christmas gifts alongside her family, according to ChartiersValley.Patch.com.

    "She's never really adjusted to it," her mother, Vicki Delien told the website. "She's 17 now and it really upsets her. She's missed out on a lot."

    Delien told talks show host Jeff Probst (see video above) that the teen has at times slept 32 to 64 days in a row, waking only in sleepwalking mode to eat.

    Kleine-Levin Syndrome is incredibly rare, only affecting about 1,000 people worldwide, and very hard to diagnose.

    In Nicole's case, it took 25 months for doctors to diagnose her, according to ChartiersValley.Patch.com, and everything from a virus, to epilepsy to West Nile was bandied about, including, unfortunately, the possibility she was faking it for attention.

    When a typical episode of Sleeping Beauty Syndrome begins, the patient becomes progressively drowsy and sleeps for most of the day and night, waking only to eat or go to the bathroom, according to the Klein-Levin Syndrome Foundation website. "When awake, the patient’s whole demeanor is changed, often appearing “spacey” or childlike. When awake he experiences confusion, disorientation, complete lack of energy (lethargy), and lack of emotions (apathy)."

    Patients also report that everything seems out of focus, and that they are hypersensitive to noise and light. Some patients also have intense food cravings and/or uninhibited hypersexuality.

    The Delians did not say whether Nicole has experienced these symptoms.

    There is no known cure, but Nicole's family is using a combination of epilepsy and narcolepsy medication to minimize the incidents to just two a year.

    Nicole Delian, Real-life Sleeping Beauty, Slept 64 Days In A Row (VIDEO)
    So I've taken a lot of medical classes which makes this intensely interesting for me. I think it would be some sort of neuro condition similar to narcolepsy or similar. However what a lot of you don't know is that I really like history and mythology and I've taken a lot of those classes as well. I once wanted to be a history teacher. So when an online friend posed this question to me I was intrigued. Sleeping Beauty is a time told classic story immortalized in books and by Disney movies....however it first was introduced to the world in a book called the The Ninth Captain's Tale in 1697. So my friend asked if this could have spurred the famous story, if sleeping beauty was a real person who had a syndrome such as this.

    You know what....it's very possible. It could be that. Most myth and legend formed from actual events and history and as time ravaged them people elaborated and expanded the stories to the point where we have dragons, krackens, demons, and other mythological monsters. What if that legend was started by an actual medical condition?

    What do you think? Hypothesize some with me on this
     
     

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    well, according to Disney SB did not have that problem until she pricked her finger. ( source Disney )

    How long ago has this SB Syndrome been around or public?

    side note : My uncle had narcolepsy...freaked me out when ever he fell asleep sweeping the kitchen floor.

    So, back to the post. Just read The 9th Captions Tale 1001 nights

    I am going to say, that her mom said the smell of flax made her sleep, the flax under her nail made her sleep, so you might be on to something here, friend.

    Disney did not do it justice. And what exactly were they doing for 49 days? Just staring at each other, even though she called him lover?
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    Cal wrote: Most myth and legend formed from actual events and history and as time ravaged them people elaborated and expanded the stories to the point where we have dragons, krackens, demons, and other mythological monsters.

    possum gets nervous when people go talkin' `bout dragons, krackens, demons, and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltky View Post
    Cal wrote: Most myth and legend formed from actual events and history and as time ravaged them people elaborated and expanded the stories to the point where we have dragons, krackens, demons, and other mythological monsters.

    possum gets nervous when people go talkin' `bout dragons, krackens, demons, and such.
    Just ell 'possum' dat dragons are in the bible, so they're cool.
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