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The real-life Sleeping Beauty who slept for six months due to unusual condition

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1 Dec 2016 - General
 

A 22-year-old woman fell asleep for SIX months as she suffered from 'Sleeping Beauty Syndrome'.

Beth Goodier appears in a new TV series on medical mysteries, was diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS), and dozed off just before her 17 birthday five years ago and slept for 22 hours a day.

The teenager only woke up to have a little food and water in a trance-like state, and since then she has been asleep for 75 per cent of the time.

According to the Mail Online , Beth, now 22, spends her life in bed on snoozing on the sofa and is currently two-and-a half months into another 'deep sleep episode'. 

She rarely leaves her home in Stockport, Cheshire, and her mother Janine has spoken of the horrible reality of spending most of her life asleep.

Warren Smith"She might wake up tomorrow and then it's a race against time to live the life she should have had," she said.

"She rushes off to catch up with her friends and get her hair done. But no one knows when she might fall asleep again."

Beth gets confused and agitated when she does wake up and was devastated she wasn't able to go off to university like her friends when she finished her A-levels.

She does have a boyfriend, 25-year-old Dan (pictured above), who works as a primary school teacher, who she met three years ago and he visits her every day and talks to her during her deep sleeps.

"He will come round and sit with her nearly every day, talk to her and wait for the girl he fell in love with to come back," Janine said. "When she is awake, they resume their normal adult relationship. He is a good man."

Her mum (pictured above) prays each episode is going to be her last - but the symptoms start up again - such as finding noise and light too much to deal with.

"It breaks my heart to see the best years of her life slipping away," she said.