Woman Claims She Has Not Slept In 40 Years, Doctors Baffled By Mysterious Condition

by International | 07-09-2021 | 1210 views

Doctors are baffled by the strange case of a woman who claims she hasn't slept a single night since she was a child.

Sleepless Li Zhanying, from China's eastern province of Henan, told local media the last time she had a kip was when she was five years old.

Li's many wakeful nights have made her a celebrity in her small village after local media reported on the case. Thinking her claims were nonsense, several years ago her neighbours tried to stay awake with her all night playing cards.

The villagers soon gave in to the appeal of sleep with one catching some shut-eye on the table and another returning home. But, Li was still wide awake, reports say. 

Li’s husband, Liu Suoquin, also confirmed that his wife doesn't sleep claiming that since the day they got married she would always be completing chores around the house in the dead of night. Unsure about his wife's sleeping habits, Liu presumed it was insomnia and bought her sleeping pills. But reportedly the pills didn't work either.

According to Bastille Post, Li sought medical help for her condition but doctors were unable to provide a diagnosis. A more recent trip to a sleep centre in Beijing revealed the mystery surrounding Li's condition. A team of doctors concluded that Li did in fact sleep, but not in the same way most people do.

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