A Strange Medical Condition Is Making A Girl Sleep For Up To One Full Week
According to LADbible, Hermione Cox-Denning, a student with the nickname 'Sleeping Beauty ' was just diagnosed with a rare medical condition that makes her fall asleep for up to one week at a time. During which she does not get up all-- even for the bathroom, to eat, or even to drink.
The condition is called Kleine-Levin Syndrome, and although Cox-Denning, has been experiencing symptoms for three years, she only recently was disagnosed.
"It took me a long time to see what was triggering this for me. I knew it wasn't stress and I couldn't see a particular food pattern. I realised that when I drank alcohol, I would often have an episode the next day. I've learned that I can have one or two drinks, but much more than that causes me to plunge into a deep sleep for days afterwards. I'm like the real life Sleeping Beauty."
While some insomniacs or students may joke that this would be a dream come true for them, the condition has affected life greatly. It has been difficult for Cox-Denning to find work or to apply to a university.
"My memory of my first episode is hazy. I just remember waking up for a few minutes throughout the hours and hours of sleep, dreary and confused. My mind was so confused - I couldn't speak, I didn't eat, or drink and I didn't go the toilet. It was like my body shut down. I was always on my phone before, but I didn't speak to anyone for a whole week because I kept sleeping. I think a lot of my friends were worried because I just disappeared."
"I went to see a doctor and they said that it was depression and mental health issues.My dad was saying that this wasn't normal - I wasn't just napping, I was sleeping for full days. I am really social and outgoing, and I wanted to be out with my friends so it was really unexpected. I felt this was something physical."
Cox-Denning, who is from Aberystwyth, Wales, is currently taking a gap year to work on her health. Good luck, girl. Maybe don't sleep this one off.