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Rare disease causes humans to sleep 300 days a year

A 42-year-old man in India recently made international headlines for suffering from a condition that causes him to sleep 300 days a year.

Indian media recently reported on the bizarre case of Purkharam, a middle-aged resident of Bhadwa village, Rajasthan, who reportedly suffers from “HPA ashypersomnia”, a rare condition that causes him to sleep for long periods and can contract up to 25 days. 23 years ago, when Purkharam was first diagnosed with the rare condition, he slept for about 15 hours at a time, but his symptoms gradually got worse and in 2015, his family started counting his sleep schedule in days instead of hours. The owner of the small shop slept for more than 7 or 8 days in a row, but the condition continued to deteriorate and he now sleeps up to 25 days. He sleeps about 300 of the 365 days.
Purkharam runs a local shop in his home village, but due to his condition, he can now only operate it 5 days a month. Sometimes he falls asleep while working, and once he does, he can’t wake up. All his family can do is take him home and feed and even bathe him while he sleeps.

Because of his strange sleep schedule, the 42-year-old man has been nicknamed Kumbhakaran by the people of Bhadwa, after Ravan’s younger brother in Ramayana, who slept for six months straight.

Purkharam’s wife, Lichmi Devi, told Republic World that he woke up on Sunday after sleeping for 12 consecutive days, and the first thing he did was open his shop. Unfortunately, no one knows how long he’ll be able to operate it before succumbing to his hypersomnia again.

There is currently no known cure for Purkharam’s condition, and the treatment he has tried over the years has had side effects such as severe headaches and fatigue, but his family is confident he will recover and return to a normal life. will suffer.

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