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Woman Wakes Up Thinking It’s 1992

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Naomi Jacobs – A mum-of-one was left baffled when she woke up in the future – after a rare form of amnesia caused her to lose 17 years of her life. 

In 1992, Naomi started to experience TGA (Transient Global Amnesia) amnesia which manifests itself with a paroxysmal, transient loss of memory function. Immediate recall ability is preserved, as is remote memory; however, patients experience striking loss of memory for recent events and an impaired ability to retain new information. When Naomi ‘woke up’ in 2008, she still thought it was the summer of 1992, and that she was still 15 years old and just about to sit her GCSE’s.

She was horrified to learn she was living in the 21st century – and was mum to an 11-year-old boy she didn’t even recognise. Doctors warned Naomi that her body had been under so much stress, part of her brain had simply closed down – erasing her memories of most of her life. She had no concept of modern life – leaving her struggling to work a mobile phone, and baffled by the internet. Her worried family and friends struggled to help her adjust to 21st century living – and three years after waking up in the future, Naomi feels she has finally been able to adjust to her new life.
Naomi said: I fell asleep in 1992 as a bold, brassy, very confident know-it-all 15-year-old – and woke up a 32-year-old single mum living in a council house.

Link to original article here.

What I find interesting about this article is that amnesia, coma and to a certain extent death all use the language of sleep. We know that they very different in character and yet we use: ‘fell asleep’ and “woke up” to cover them all. Sleeping is a temporary condition, Coma – half permanent and death very permanent. Using the expressions: falling sleep and peacefully went to sleep, slumbered are all used to lessen a harsh and final emotional blow that hits when we lose someone close. Is it beneficial in reverse? And how does it affect our understanding and perception of sleep?


Written by Queen of Sleep

August 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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