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A mother-of-three who suffers from a rare sleeping disorder spent £3,000 in internet shopping sprees while fast asleep.


Kelly Knipes, 37, regularly woke up in the morning to find email receipts for items she had unconsciously bought online during the night.


One day a delivery lorry turned up outside her home containing an 'in-ground Basketball Unit' including a net, pole and backboard bought on Ebay for £100, which she hadn't realize she had purchased.



Other items she has ordered include hundreds of pounds worth of Haribo sweets, £58 worth of cookie jars, tins of paint, salt and pepper pots, a Wendy house, two fridges, a table and books about teaching - despite her not being a teacher.


By not being able to return a lot of the goods, she has been left in 'at least' £3,000 of debt.


Ms Knipes, from Basildon in Essex, was known to sleepwalk as a child but her condition worsened following the birth of her first child, Henry, in 2006.


sleepwalk ['slipwɔk]:n.梦游


She was found to suffer from a condition called parasomnia, which she thinks was sparked by her sleep apnoea.



sleep apnoea:睡眠呼吸暂停



Ms Knipes said: 'I bought a full size basketball court from Ebay, and when it turned up at my house the next day, I just refused delivery.


'I would never actually have to put any credit card details when I was buying things online because it was all saved on my phone, accessible by touch.


'When I was 20 weeks pregnant, I took an overdose in my sleep.


'Because I am diabetic I have to take medicine for it and I overdosed.


'I was having a dream that I was speaking to the doctors and I kept saying that I didn't want to take the medicine anymore, but when I woke up I had taken all the tablets.


'Luckily everything was OK, but I was so worried that social services would get involved.'


At the time she lived in a ground floor flat and would wake to find doors and windows open after she'd been up in the night.


She added: 'I made a lot of Argos reservations which I would wake up and see. They would send me a notification saying my order is ready to collect.


'I couldn't refund any food purchases, like the Haribo. Then there were other purchases I made that I just never returned because it was just getting a bit too much, I would just wake up and put them to the side.


'I kept the tins of paint, and the Wendy house because when that arrived and my kids saw it I felt I couldn't return it.



'I would get really upset with myself, because I had to give up my work because of my kids, it wasn't like we had a lot of money.


'We still needed to put food on the table and I was spending money that we didn't have. I started borrowing money.'


Every night her husband would lock all the doors and hide keys.


She added: 'I wouldn't be allowed my phone and we put locks on the medicine cupboard so I couldn't access it.


'We locked the front door and would sometimes put the pushchair in front of the door so I wouldn't be able to easily get to the door.




'He would take my phone out of my bedroom and my parents had also added a chain lock on the door. But I would still find my phone and would use the back door to get out of my house.'




 She didn't seek help because she feared doctors may question her ability as a single mother.


But after marrying her husband Jamie, 40, who is deaf, and the birth of their sons Joey and Carson, now four and three, the condition worsened.


Ms Knipes said: 'It was horrible, because I didn't know what I was going to do in the night. I was physically exhausted, I felt so drained every day of my life.


Ms Knipes went to her GP on numerous occasions but was repeatedly told her symptoms were down to her being tired and stressed.


It was only when she wrote directly to two consultants pleading for help that one took on her case.


Dr Samuel suggested a trial of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to keep the airway open and the results have been remarkable.


continuous positive airway pressure:持续气道正压通气


Dr Samuel could prove that she had stopped breathing 122 times when she was sleeping and diagnosed her with obstructive sleep apnoea and parasomnia.


She now wears an oxygen mask at night which helps to regulate her breathing, and control both conditions.


Ms Knipes said: 'When I had the CPAP machine I felt rested and re-energized for the first time in ages. It really has given me my life back.


'Since starting CPAP, I have not had any abnormal sleep behaviors, have not shopped online at night, my headaches have ceased and I am not depressed.'



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