A seven-year-old Kentucky boy recently slept for eleven days straight. This hour, hear about the medical mystery that has doctors baffled. On this River to River program, host Ben Kieffer talk with sleep expert and neurologist Dr. Eric Dyken of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics about the boy's dangerous slumber.
Dyken says there is limited information about this case, and he does not have the medical records that would allow him to know more. But he compares this with a case he did see in Iowa which was a case of viral encephalopathy.
They also discuss our internal biological clock. Three U.S. scientists were recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. Also, Dyken answers listeners questions about bad sleep, how to get better sleep, and any baffling experiences during slumber.