By Jane Nambi
Nicole Delien was diagnosed with a sleeping disorder which made her sleep for 64 days from November to January missing Christmas.
17-year-old Delien has Kleine-Levine, or ‘Sleeping Beauty Syndrome’, which affects an estimated 1,000 people around the world. While experiencing the sleep spells, she wakes up in a confused state for small periods of time, eat and go to the bathroom and then fall back to sleep.
According to Nicole’s mother, Vicki, Nicole sleeps 18 to 19 hours a day. Upon waking up, she is in a ‘sleepwalking state which she doesn’t remember’. Vicki Delien told reporters that it took several hospital trips to figure out what’s been afflicting her daughter until a doctor at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pointed out the disorder.
“Affected individuals may go for a period of weeks, months or even years without experiencing any symptoms, and then they reappear with little warning,” the Kleine-Levin Syndrome Foundation website states.
The cause of Kleine-Levin Syndrome is unknown, both medical sources indicate. Nicole says she has missed out on Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and the family’s first trip to Disney World.
She also missed out on an opportunity to meet pop singer Katy Perry. But when Perry later learned about Nicole’s disorder she made sure Nicole was able to visit her backstage at a performance in Connecticut.
Nicole’s last sleeping episode was in March. Nicole has a brother and a sister but they do not suffer from the condition.