An Ounce

Sleeping Beauty of Sweden: The Astonishing Tale of Karolina Ollsen

September 08, 2023 Jim Fugate Season 5 Episode 36
An Ounce
Sleeping Beauty of Sweden: The Astonishing Tale of Karolina Ollsen
Show Notes

Ever had one of those mornings when you just didn’t want to get out of bed? 

Ever felt like you’d like to just lie down and sleep for a few days? 

Ever had to face a tough situation and wished you could just go take a nice nap and not wake up until the issue has passed? 

I would have to say yes to all three – Sleep is one of the best ways I know to end a busy day. And it can be such a wonderful escape. Not only that, sleep is necessary for humans. Good sleep promotes healing and recovery for the body. Often it can give us a place to retreat from stress, and it allows our brain to reset. Good and regular sleep helps reduce of depression and lowers the risk of suicide. And how often have you gone to bed with a puzzling problem on your mind, and awakened in the morning with a fresh perspective, and a solution. 

But there was an unusual event that began on a very cold day in Sweden, in 1876. It was the evening of February 22, A young lady fell asleep – ok falling asleep is not that remarkable – but this girl stayed asleep for 32 years! She started her epic nap when she was 14 years old. It ended 32 years later, when a startled and confused 46-year-old woman woke up. 

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