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This book describes Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, Diagnosis and Treatment and Related Diseases
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome is a person who sleeps excessively but the sleeping beauty is more likely to be an adolescent male than a female.
So do not expect a handsome prince to kiss the sleeping beauty unless he is gay.
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome (Kleine Levin Syndrome) is a rare and complex neurological disorder that produces excessive sleepiness, changed mood, and abnormal behavior in those who have it.
This sleepiness is not like the tiredness of a person who got too little sleep, it is far more serious.
People with this disorder can sleep for up to 20 hours a day for many days only waking to use the bathroom, eat, or engage in other activities in a lethargic manner.
These episodes can be intermittent.
They can happen rarely with years separating or they can happen regularly within several years.
During an episode the person can seem to be in poor mental or physical health, but between these incidents they may appear totally healthy.
Besides excessive sleepiness, patients with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome may have other unpleasant symptoms during an episode.
One of the more frequent symptoms is extreme hunger (hyper-phagia) and eccentric food cravings.
Many patients have documented that during the few wakeful hours, they will overindulge on junk food or foods they normally do not prefer.
Someone who is likely to stick to a healthy diet may consume a bag of chips and box of cookie or someone may yearn for hot wings when they normally prefer milder flavors.
This may produce weight gain during a SBS episode along with other health disorders that may happen from a poor diet.
Some other symptoms may involve abnormal behaviors during and before the start of an episode.
The person may appear confused, not clear mentally with a reduced understanding of the world and feel intensified sensations.
Many people also develop a hyper-sexuality during this time.
When they are awake, they may appear distant like they are not fully conscious of what is going on.
They may be more bad-tempered or depressed, finding little passion or desire to engage in activities they once enjoyed.
The disorder involves adolescents mainly but can happen in younger children and adults.
At the start of an episode the patient becomes increasingly drowsy and sleeps for most of the day and night (hyper-somnolence), occasionally waking only to eat or go to the bathroom.
Each episode persists form days, weeks or months during which time all normal activities stop.
Patients are not capable of taking care of themselves or attending school and work.
In between episodes, those with SBS seem to be in perfect health with no evidence of behavioral or physical dysfunction.
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome episodes may persist for 10 years or more.
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome is occasionally referred as Kleine Levin Syndrome.
It is essential to note that this disorder, like others, may have different side effects on everyone.
Due to the inadequate knowledge, it is difficult for doctors to diagnose this disorder.
In fact, it takes an average of 4 years for most patients to be correctly diagnosed with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome.
There is no dependable test that can identify whether a patient has this disorder.
Instead, the diagnosis is diagnosed by eliminating other diseases.
Due to poor knowledge of Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, there is no definite way to treat the disorder.
There is no known treatment for Sleeping Beauty Syndrome but there are ways to treat its symptoms.
One method is stimulant pill such as modafinil while lithium may prevent the disease.
TABLE OF CONTENT
Chapter 1 Sleeping Beauty Syndrome
Chapter 2 Causes
Chapter 3 Symptoms
Chapter 4 Diagnosis
Chapter 5 Treatment
Chapter 6 Prognosis
Chapter 7 Narcolepsy
Chapter 8 Sleep Deprivation