Student Diagnosed With “Sleeping Beauty” Syndrome


Kaitlyn Rosa

Rhoda Rodriguez-Diaz is a 21-year-old college student. She is not the everyday, typical college student, though. She was recently diagnosed with the rare “Sleeping Beauty” syndrome. This means that she can sleep for weeks at a time.

During her worse “episodes” she sleeps for about three weeks at a time. Due to her recently diagnosed illness, she was dismissed from many of her college classes and failed her second year of college. She slept for three weeks and missed crucial end-of-year exams.

As a child, Rodriguez-Diaz was diagnosed with hypersomnia by her physician. This was characterized by extreme tiredness. It was not until last September that doctors had finally cracked the code. She was officially diagnosed with the extremely rare, one-in-a-million, “Kleine-Levin” syndrome.

“Life goes on whilst I’m sleeping,” Rodriguez-Diaz said. “Reality hits me when I wake up and I realize I’ve missed like a week of my life. I feel a huge setback when this happens. I miss out on so much. That’s the hardest part of it.”

She also claimed that when she was a child, she was not able to spend time with her friends. “When I was four or five, I would sleep for two or three weeks at a time and doctors had no idea what it was. It was quite bad when I was a child. It did not happen again until I was a teenager. When i was 15 or 16 I would find myself sleeping more and more,” she reported to Fox News Network.

“Not being able to do the things normal people would be and always feeling like you are missing out on your life would be horrible. I could not imagine living a life-like that,” said Lakewood High School junior Dylan Johnson.