Sleeping Beauty Syndrome Hits Teenage Girl
A teenager suffering from Kleine-Levin Syndrome, or Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, recently woke up to discover she had been sleeping for two months.
The last thing Stacey Comerford, 15, remembers is April when she fell asleep. During these periods of sleeping, according to her family, she is a little active, but she does not remember anything, and she behaves as if she were in a trance. She was unable to go to school – missing nine exams so far and even her own birthday.
“When she’s in an episode, she might get up to go to the toilet or get a drink but she’s not awake. I call it sleep mode,” Comerford’s mother, Bernie, told The Sun, adding that she feeds her when she’s in this trance-like state. “When she wakes, she thinks it’s the following day. She doesn’t have any memory of it.”
She also demands her own way as if she were a small child.
“When she’s in sleep mode she can be quite moody but she can’t help it,” she told the Daily Mail. “She’s like a toddler who wants to do things her own way. She stamps her foot if she doesn’t get what she wants. It’s like having two different kids in the house.”
Experts believe this is a rare sleep disorder that may be the result of an autoimmune disease, according to Stanford.
The condition usually resolves itself at adulthood without medication.