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19-year-old is a real-life sleeping beauty

By T.K. Randall
August 23, 2015 · Comment icon 9 comments

The condition can be particularly debilitating. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Paul Sapiano
Georgia Green from Adelaide suffers from a rare condition that sees her fall asleep for weeks at a time.
The incurable and untreatable condition, which can hit at any time, is known as Kleine-Levin syndrome. Sufferers typically experience episodes of prolonged sleep lasting several days, something that makes it difficult to engage in activities that most people take for granted.

"When I experience an episode, I can be out for ten days at a time," said Georgia. "I get a foggy feeling in my head when it's coming on and the next thing I know I'm just knocked out."

The condition can bring about periods of insomnia and a craving for junk food but the biggest problem is how it can affect everyday activities such as attending school or going on holiday.
In total Georgia has suffered at least 35 episodes adding up to almost an entire year of her life.

"For the first two years I had an episode every month," she said. "It has since become more infrequent, but there are no precautions you can take to avoid it happening."

While there is no cure there may at least be a light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the fact that episodes of the condition tend to taper off by the time an individual reaches their 30s.

Being only 19 however Georgia may yet have to put up with it for many more years to come.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Leonardo 9 years ago
The conditions sounds like it's hormonal, given the deion of the symptoms and that it generally disappears as the sufferer ages - so I'm guessing the reason there is no cure is because of it's rarity and so the lack of any in-depth studies resulting in diagnosing a proper treatment.
Comment icon #2 Posted by jarjarbinks 9 years ago
how did she survive one week without eating or drinking ?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Leonardo 9 years ago
how did she survive one week without eating or drinking ? From what the article describes, I doubt she spends all that time simply sleeping - although it does say she can sleep for up to 18 hours at a time. The rest of the time she is in a half-awake state, and that is when I presume she is able to eat and drink.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 9 years ago
We had a thread a few years back of a teen with the same condition who slept for 64 days. http://www.unexplain...howtopic=237921 An estimated 1,000 people around the world suffer from Kleine-Levine, it says.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
What a horribly sad medical condition to have.
Comment icon #6 Posted by mre11878 9 years ago
Very well put Leonardo #1
Comment icon #7 Posted by Athena1979 9 years ago
She needs a prince to kiss her and avoid any spindles.
Comment icon #8 Posted by MyOtherAccount 9 years ago
This interests me a lot as I have had narcolepsy... until real recently! According to an interview I had with Michelle Onkun, reasearch manager of the Stanford Sleep Research Center, in my case it had two originating components: inheritence and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Narcolepsy is not supposed to go away. Yet it did. That happened because in my investigations of TBI I read where anyone who has had moderate to severe TBI should take a dopamine reuptake inhibitor (DRI). At the time I was already taking a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) and Adderall. So, I got prescribed the DRI (22% to... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer 9 years ago
I wonder if caffeine would help at all?

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