Meet the Real-life "Sleeping Beauty" Who Naps For 22 HOURS a Day But Is Still Always Tired
A rare condition means a woman sleeps for up to 22 HOURS a day – and still feels tired.
Over the course of the year, there are 8,670 hours – and Heather Reed snoozes for around 8,030 of them.
“It certainly has an impact on my life. I feel like a ghost in my own life,” said Heather, 37.
Heather, from Nova Scotia, Canada, has been battling two debilitating conditions - myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS), also known as Sleeping Beauty syndrome - for more than seven years.
Shockingly, her illnesses, which are not believed to be related, developed virtually overnight.
She was diagnosed with ME and she thought her long periods of sleep were a symptom of the chronic fatigue condition.
Heather learned to manage her life, so she could work part-time whilst continuing her studies.
But in 2014, she had emergency kidney surgery and her recovery caused her tiredness to increase dramatically.
“That was a trigger for it. I really experienced an exasperation of every symptom. I was sleeping between 18 and 22 hours a day. It lasted for about three months. It didn’t matter how desperately I tried to regulate my sleep, I just couldn’t stay awake.”
Concerned that her condition was becoming increasingly unmanageable, Heather and a friend went to the doctor to try to explain what was happening.
Her doctor referred her to a neurologist, who almost immediately diagnosed KLS - a rare condition that affects around 1,000 people across the world.
Typically, KLS sufferers go through episodes where they sleep for most of the day. These can last for days or weeks.
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