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Sleeping Disorder Ruins Life of a Teenager

by Savitha C Muppala on March 1, 2013 at 7:41 AM
 Sleeping Disorder Ruins Life of a Teenager

Lois Woods is a victim of a rare sleeping disorder that causes her to sleep for weeks together. During these sleep attacks, her personality and behavior undergoes a change.

She can behave like a child one moment and the other she can get violent. During her zombie like state, she can attack her family and even harm herself.


Doctors are of the opinion that she could be a victim of Kleine-Levin Syndrome which makes her sleep up to 44 days at a time.

Her behavior is also a cause of concern during the sleeping episodes; she gets violent, bangs her head against the walls, devours junk food and attacks her family.

Her mother, Setta Woods, said: 'People call KLS sleeping beauty syndrome, but it's been no fairytale. 'We call her Little Lois when she's in episode, she is unpleasant and it's like she has severe behavioral problems. She goes from being like a zombie and ignoring me or huffing and puffing, to like a two-year-old, bouncing off the walls. Lois is now afraid to go to sleep in case she doesn't wake up again. It's been soul destroying to watch because she once had everything going for her.'

She was 14 when she got the disorder. KLS usually strikes during adolescence and there is no known cure, expect patient love and care by the family.

Source: Medindia
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