HOUSTON, TX—The Wilson family had quite a surprise when it was bedtime for their three-year-old, Lela, last night.
“When I told Lela it was time for bed,” her father recalled, “she said the oddest thing: ‘I don’t want to go to bed.’” Lela had been playing all day and should have been very tired and thus very happy for sleep, but this was not the case at all. “So I told her, ‘Everyone needs to sleep,’” her father explained. But Lela gave an extremely shocking response: “I don’t need to sleep.”
Scientists still aren’t exactly sure what the purpose of sleep is. “It’s a rather sore subject,” explained researcher Dr. Spencer Rowe. “When people find out we don’t have an explanation for something as basic as sleep, people make fun of us and call us ‘dumb scientists’ and steal our pocket protectors, which we need. We need them to keep ink out of our pockets.” So these scientists were very interested in studying Lela, a girl who didn’t need to sleep, to learn more about the topic. They ran into problems, though, as Lela wouldn’t cooperate and told the researchers they all had “stinky faces.”
“This just isn’t true,” said Dr. Rowe. “Our faces don’t stink.”
As for the Wilson family, they’re just marveling at their medical miracle who has no need for sleep. They sometimes find it hard to believe, though. When at 12:30 AM Lela was still singing loudly and throwing blocks at her doll house, her father checked once again, asking, “Are you sure you don’t need to sleep?”
The answer was a simple “Yep.”