We all know that teenagers love to sleep, but one teen has an affliction that forces her to take her sleeping routine to the extreme.
Last year, 15-year-old Louisa Ball exhibited flu-like symptoms that ended up preceding days upon days of sleeping. The condition, called Kleine Levin Syndrome, or Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, is quite rare. To date, only 1,000 cases have been confirmed around the globe.
Friends and family can easily determine when Louisa is about to enter a Rip Van Winkle-like sleep. She becomes irritable and groggy.
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She then falls into a deep sleep that can last for days. In fact, a recent episode lasted for 13 days. Ball’s parents wake her only to use the bathroom.
This makes life difficult for Louisa. As she is a real life sleeping beauty, she often must make up school exams and schoolwork.
So what causes this rare syndrome? It’s not fully known. Some think that Sleeping Beauty Syndrome is the result of some type viral infection that simply must run its course, which can last anywhere from 8-12 years.