Thursday, November 09, 2006

Kumbhakaran's discovered

A rare sleep disorder has come to light wherein people may sleep continuously for days. The longest reported spell is still about a month long and nowhere near the legendary six-month sleep that Khumkharna used to have.

Thankfully, sleeping for a day or two during the weekend is not counted as symptom of the disease, or I too might qualify (and I know of many others who would!).

Interestingly, there is also a familial fatal insomnia that has an underlying Prion mechanism and in which, once the illness is triggered you are unable to sleep, until you eventually die after about 15 months of sleep deprivation.

Hat-tip: The Frontal Cortex

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