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Lois Wood is a teenager who sleeps for up to 44 days at a time. But hers isn't a sleeping beauty fairytale; rather it's a nightmarish story. 

In a "zombie-like trance", as described by the Daily Mail, she would bang her head against the wall, attack her family and raid the refrigerator. Sometimes she acts like a babbling toddler, sometimes a violent drunkard, but at all times she remains asleep.

Doctors say she suffers from Kleine-Levin syndrome, a neurological condition that starts during adolescence, involving long hours of sleep where the sufferer becomes irritable, displays childlike behaviour, is disorientated and hungry for excessive amounts of food.

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