A man from the Nagaur district of Rajasthan reportedly sleeps for 20 to 25 days a month, or 300 days a year, due to a rare medical condition called axis hypersomnia. Purkharam, 42, a resident of Bhadwa village, dubbed a real-life ‘Kumbhakarna’ by villagers, can operate his grocery store only five days a month, Zee News reported.
According to the report, his condition was diagnosed 23 years ago and has impacted his life in such a way that his relatives must bathe and feed him while he sleeps.
Axis hypersomnia can be described as a chronic neurological disorder. sleep disorder leading to daytime sleepiness and / or long hours of sleep (more than 9-10 hours in 24 hours)
According to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), hypersomnia, a complaint of excessive daytime sleepiness or drowsiness, affects four to six percent of the population, with an impact on the daily life of the patient.
Axis hypersomnia can be described as a chronic neurological sleep disorder. (Source: Getty Images)
You may encounter this problem due to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, being obese, using drugs or alcohol, a head injury, using certain medications, having depression or there could also be a genetic reason behind, Dr. Navneet Kaur said, General Practitioner, Apollo Spectra Nehru Enclave, Delhi.
If you have this condition, you probably have a hard time waking up, despite setting multiple alarms, and have a hard time getting out of bed (known as sleep inertia). These people may start the day feeling groggy, which is called a sleepy drunk, and they may also experience mental confusion, reduced attention span, frustration, irritation, anxiety and depression, said Regenerative Medicine researcher Dr. Pradeep Mahajan, StemRx Bioscience Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bombay.
If you continue to experience this problem on a regular basis, it is recommended that you see a doctor. «The doctor will monitor your sleeping habits and ask questions like, when do you wake up, do you tend to fall asleep during the day, have emotional problems, etc. After this, the expert will recommend blood tests, computed tomography (CT) and a sleep test called polysomnography, which is a comprehensive test used to diagnose sleep disorders, ”said Dr. Mahajan.
Delaying treatment can also have consequences in later life. “Make sure you follow a proper sleep routine to stay cool. Don’t take it lightly. Don’t get bogged down, you can surely manage this condition with timely intervention, ”Dr. Kaur said.
Treatment and prevention
According to Dr. Mahajan, treatment can be based on medications and antidepressants. He added that to prevent this condition, one must stay away from caffeine. “Don’t drink alcohol right before you sleep, as it can interfere with your sleep,” he said.
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