Woman becomes real life sleeping beauty spending 21 hours a day in bedBy Mason White 4:56 PM November 24, 2014
By: Mahesh Sarin
A woman in the United Kingdom, is unable to function after her illness causes her to sleep nearly all day.
The real life sleeping beauty of Aberporth, Wales, has a rare condition that makes her sleep 21 hours a day.
36-year-old Helen Waterson is forced to take strong medications just to stay awake for only three hours a day and said she goes through her life sleeping or feeling as if she is sleepwalking.
Waterson complained that she missed all the important moments of her life, and does not even have a social life or love life.
Waterson suffers from Kleine-Levin syndrome, also known as Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. The illness has no known cure and affects only 1,000 people worldwide.
The illness leaves patients exhausted and in constant agony. Waterson is unable to do anything. She uses all her strength to get herself on a couch in the little time that she is able to stay awake.
The condition also affected her long-term memory.
When Waterson goes through her family’s photo album, she has no memory of the vacations and birthdays, which she sees on the pictures.
She does not remember her first day at school or her first kiss.
When Waterson wakes up, it can take between 10 minutes and an hour for her to open her eyes and for her limbs to become fully mobile.
Waterson’s muscles become stiff and painful while sleeping. She cannot do laundry or socialize with friends.