Living with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome is No Fairy Tale

The Jeff Probst Show
Healthy Living


Can you imagine sleeping through your birthday? Or Christmas? How about Halloween? Although it shares its name with a beloved princess, Sleeping Beauty Syndrome is nothing to dream about. Officially known as Kleine-Levin Syndrome, this rare neurological disorder results in episodes where patients sleep for 17-20 hours a day, for weeks at a time. The time spent awake isn't productive, because the patient is often in a sleepwalking-like state and has regressed to childlike behavior, and, at the conclusion of the episode, has no recollection that anything abnormal has happened.

In this clip from "The Jeff Probst Show," Jeff meets Nicole, a young woman with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, who shares, along with her parents, the toll this condition takes on their family.

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