A 42-year-old man from Rajasthan's Nagaur area sleeps 300 days a year and has been nicknamed the real-life 'Kumbhkarna,' the legendary figure from Ramayan famed for sleeping for 6 months without being awakened.
Due to a exceptional condition called Axis Hypersomnia, the real life Kumbhkarna sleeps for 20-25 days continuously once he goes to sleep, as per intel from ANI.
The Rajasthan man was diagnosed detected with this ailment 23 years ago, and it has hampered his everyday life since then because it is impossible to awaken him once he goes asleep. Axis Hypersomnia is a chronic neurological sleep disorder that causes daytime drowsiness and/or extended sleeping hours for more than 9-10 hours in 24 hours.
According to research, Axis Hypersomnia is influenced by alterations in the brain protein TNF-alpha.
"Initially, he used to sleep for over 5 to 7 days in one go. Worried about this, we sought medical help, but his disease could not be cured. Gradually, his condition aggravated and his periods of sleep increased and now he sleeps for 20-25 days a month," his family members were quoted by ANI as saying.
Purkharam is only able to work in his grocery store 5 days a month due to the severity of his ailment, and there is a high probability of him falling into the depth of his slumber during working hours. Even his daily chores, such as washing and eating, are performed by members of his family.
Purkharam told ANI that when he returns to his business every 20-25 days, he finds bunches of newspapers outside. He figures out the for how many days he has been in deep slumber by seeing how many papers had been left while he was asleep. He claims that despite taking medicine and resting a lot, he is tired most of the time and has little productivity. Severe headaches are among his other complaints. Although there is no remedy for Pukhram's illness, his wife Lichmi Devi and mother Kanvari Devi pray that he heals quickly and returns to his regular life.
Dr. Birma Ram Jangid, a physician, told ANI that hypersomnia is a psychiatric disease that affects a small number of people.
"Otherwise, if a person has suffered a head injury or had a chronic tumor in the past, then also this condition can occur. This condition has only been seen as a psychological disorder in books or medical science. It is possible to treat this condition by diagnosing it at the earliest," Dr Jangid said.