We always joke about how much we regret complaining about nap time when we were kids, and how we now never want to leave our beds, but there are some people who have no say in the matter.
The Daily Mail wrote a story about 22-year-old Beth Goodier who fell asleep and didn’t wake up for six months. No, that’s not a typo. She was knocked out for six whole months, you guys. Beth suffers from a rare sleeping condition called Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) or “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome.”
The scary part is that people who have KLS don’t have a say about when they fall asleep. According to neurologist Josna Adusumilli, “The need for sleep is so strong that they can be found sleeping in unusual places, such as the hallway outside a classroom or on the sidewalk.” Some people with this condition can get up to go to the bathroom or get something to eat, but it’s difficult to actually wake them up.
Though excessive sleep is the primary symptom of KLS, patients tend to be moody, confused, and even aggressive. Other symptoms include “child-like behavior, extreme food cravings, and hyper-sexuality.”
Very little is known about KLS right now, but most physicians recommend giving patients stimulants. KLS is often seen in adolescents, but don’t fret—they grow out of it after eight to 12 years.
Source: Refinery 29
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