A 15 year-old girl from the UK recently woke up from one of the longest naps of her life after falling asleep in April and waking up just last week because of a condition called Kleine-Levin Syndrome.
Better known as “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome”, Stacey Comerford officially suffers from a rare neurological disorder that can cause her to go into hibernation for days and even months at a time without warning.
“There’s never any warning. I’ve even found her fast asleep on the kitchen floor,” said her mother Bernie.
“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.”
In her most recent 2-month slumber, Stacey was right in the middle of a school year full of classes, homework and exams.
“I’ve missed nine exams and my birthday in November,” referring to major events that she’s slept straight through.
Stacey and her mother have said they’ve had a rough time with people not believing them when she tells them about her condition, saying that there’s usually a process that they have to go through to show people that they’re not lying.
“I was even investigated by the local education authority because Stacey’s school thought I was deliberately keeping her out of school. They’ve stopped now we’ve got a diagnosis.” said her mother.
Stacey admits that one of the hardest things surrounding her condition is the mistreatment that she receives from classmates when they make fun of her for her often involuntary 20-hour naps.
“People would pull faces at school if I said I was tired and needed to go home.” she said.
There isn’t currently a cure for her “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome”, but doctors have said that some people do grow out of the condition.