Sleeping Beauty Syndrome And How It Takes Over Your Life

The Sleeping Beauty - Fairy tale by French author, Charles Perrault: 12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703. The scene where the Prince appears to the Sleeping beauty ,and she wakes up. (Culture Club/Getty Images)

Just like Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale or Rip Van Winkle in the Washington Irving short story, some people have a medical condition that causes them to sleep for extended periods of time, much longer than the typical teenager on summer break. For the rare few who suffer from Sleeping Beauty syndrome, the common name for Kleine-Levin syndrome or KLS, the condition is more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. The prolonged sleep interferes with their school, work, social life, and relationships, leaving them almost totally dependent on others.