A 42-year-old man from Rajasthan’s Nagaur district sleeps 300 days a year and has been dubbed the real-life ‘Kumbhkarna,’ the mythological character from Ramayan who is famous for sleeping for six months without being disturbed.
Pukharam, a resident of Bhadwa village in Parbatsar division, suffers from a rare condition called Axis Hypersomnia, which causes him to sleep for up to 20-25 days at a time after a nap, according to news agency ANI.
Pukhram was diagnosed with this condition 23 years ago, and it has impacted his daily life since then, as it becomes increasingly difficult to wake him up once he falls asleep.
According to the Indian Express, Axis Hypersomnia is a chronic neurological sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and/or excessive sleeping hours for more than 9-10 hours in a 24-hour period.
What is Axis Hypersomnia?
According to studies, Axis Hypersomnia is caused by fluctuations in the brain protein TNF-alpha.
“Initially, he would sleep for upwards of five to seven days in a row. Concerned about this, we sought medical assistance, but his disease was incurable. Gradually, his condition deteriorated and his sleep duration increased, to the point where he now sleeps for 20-25 days per month “According to ANI, his family members stated.
Purkharam is only able to operate his grocery store five days a month due to the disorder, and he frequently falls asleep at work.
Even his daily activities, such as bathing and feeding, are performed by members of his family.
Purkharam told ANI that when he opens his shop after 20-25 days, he discovers bundles of newspapers outside. After counting those papers, he determines the number of days he slept.
He stated that despite taking medication and sleeping excessively, he is frequently fatigued and unproductive. Among his additional symptoms are severe headaches.
Although no cure for Pukhram’s condition has been discovered, his wife Lichmi Devi and mother Kanvari Devi hope he recovers quickly and resumes his normal life.
According to physician Dr. Birma Ram Jangid, hypersomnia is a psychological disorder that affects a very small number of people.
“Otherwise, if a person has previously sustained a head injury or had a chronic tumour, this condition may also occur. This condition has only been described in books and medical science as a psychological disorder. It is possible to treat this condition if it is detected early enough “According to Dr Jangid.
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