Dolly Doctor

There's an IRL sleeping beauty who sleeps for months on end

She wakes up sparingly during months-long episodes.

By Bianca Mastroianni
Beth Goodier has sleeping beauty syndrome

Sleeping for months on end sounds pretty damn fab, right? Sure, our inner lazy-girl rejoices at the thought, but can you imagine having no control over it?

Beth Goodier was diagnosed with Kleine-Levin syndrome in 2011 after she fell asleep and didn’t wake up “properly” for months, the Daily Mail reports.

It's an extremely rare condition, which is characterised by excessive amounts of sleep, altered behavior, and a reduced understanding of the world, according to the KLS Foundation.

Beth told BBC that when she wakes up mid episode, she speaks in a baby voice, throws tantrums and binge-eats junk food.

Sounds like us on a regular day.

Whenever she's between episodes, she goes to the gym and eats healthily to try combat the symptoms out of her control.


"Anything I can do to help my health I'll do because I'm so unhealthy in other aspects," she said.

Beth's neurologist Guy Leschziner told BBC that people who do get diagnosed with the syndrome often get it in their adolescent years, "a crucial point in terms of their education, in terms of their social life, in terms of their family life and in terms of their working life.”

“It breaks my heart to see the best years of her life slipping away,” her mum Janine said to the Daily Mail. She also said Beth maintains a semi-normal life when awake, by seeing friends and her boyfriend (YAS GURL, GEDDIT), a 25-year-old teacher Goodier met during “an awake phase” in 2013.


Beth updates people on her syndrome on Facebook regularly.