Sleeping Disorders

How do sleeping disorders provoke difficulties for youth?

  • Symptoms
  • Facts
  • Difficulties with daily routine
  • Support

Focus : Narcolepsy & Kleine Levin Syndrome

View case studies of teens living with similar disorders and experiencing the same difficulties at the end of this blog post.

KLS (Sleeping Beauty Disorder)

Difficulties Provoked By KLS

Excessive Sleep

Patients sleep between 12 and 24 hours a day only waking to eat or use the washroom. Since this symptom calls for a help with supervision and care during the episodes, the teen can not attend school. The symptom causes a loss of education since there is never no indication how long am episode will last or occur.

Other Symptoms

  • Memory Lapse
  • Episodes occur between 2 and 12 times a year
  • No recollection of the experience
  • Symptoms appear with little or no warning
  • Signs of cognitive impairment : confusion, diminished comprehension, poor concentrate, memory problems and childish or slurred speech
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Compulsive eating and heightened sexual urges during an episode


Difficulties Provoked by Narcolepsy


Narcolepsy can cause fragmented sleep with vivid dreams and hallucinations when dosing off or waking up. These hallucinations can be quite vivid and frightening, such as a sense of a threatening stranger or dangerous animal in the room. As a result of these hallucinations teens may have difficulty telling reality from fantasy. They can cause them to become afraid, suspicious and paranoid.

Other Symptoms

  • Memory Lapses
  • Temporary muscle weakness
  • Periods of drowsiness every 3 to 4 hours
  • Drowsiness ending in shot naps
  • Symptoms usually appear in adolescence or young adulthood
Therefore, being diagnosed and living with sleeping disorders create compilations for youth and their daily lives.