Woman's rare condition makes her sleep for a week after drinking alcohol

By | June 5, 2019

A student, named Hermione Cox-Denning, has to sleep for a week every time that she drinks alcohol.

Hermione was only recently diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Syndrome which is a  rare neurological condition that causes her body to shut down days a time.

When she first started to drink alcohol she thought that she caught a bug the day after.

However, when it started to happen constantly after every night out she realised something was wrong.

She told Real Life: “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.”

As a result of this rare condition, when Hermonie is in one of these states she is unable to drink, eat or even go to the toilet.

She spoke about the first time that it happened, and she said: “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.”


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