The 42-year-old Purkharam, a resident of Bhadwa village in Rajasthan, suffers from a rare disorder known as Axis hypersomnia.
You must have heard the mythology stories of Kumbhakaran, the younger brother of Ravana in the ‘Ramayana’, who sleeps for six months at a time. Well, this story of a man from Rajasthan’s Nagaur who sleeps 300 days in a year will surely take you back to the tale of Kumbhakaran.
The 42-year-old Purkharam, a resident of Bhadwa village in Rajasthan, suffers from a rare disorder known as Axis hypersomnia. This disorder makes Purkharam feel continuously fatigued and leads to him sleeping for 25 days at a stretch.
Having been diagnosed with the rare disorder 23 years ago, Purkharam’s family sought medical help when he slept excessively – over 15 hours a day during the initial days of the condition. Over the years, the period of sleep increased to hours and then several days.
Now, he sleeps for 20-25 days at once. Also, it becomes very difficult to wake Purkharam up when he falls asleep. The family members also have to feed and bathe him while he is asleep.
Due to his rare condition, Purkharam is able to operate his local shop for just five days a month. He sometimes falls asleep even while he is at work.
Despite receiving treatment, his body is fatigued most of the time, he says. He also complained about other symptoms related to his condition such as severe headaches.
While mentioning that his productivity is almost nil, Purkharam’s wife Lichmi Devi and his mother Kanvari Devi hope that he will recover soon and live a normal life like before.