The mum-of-three bought plastic basketball court, tins of paint, a Wendy house, two fridges and a table in some of her sleep shopping sprees.
As of late, in a bizarre turn of events, a mother-of-three who experiences an uncommon sleeping issue burned through $3800(approx) in strange web-shopping binges while fast asleep. Kelly Knipes, 37, says she consistently woke up in the mornings to discover email receipts for things she unknowingly purchased online amid the night.
Surprisingly, one particular day a delivery lorry even turned up outside her home containing a full-sized plastic basketball court she didn't realize she had purchased. Other unusual things she has acquired while 'sleep shopping' incorporate several pounds worth of Haribo desserts and $74.14 worth of cookie containers.
Consequently, she had to return every one of the things purchased on sites by means of her smartphone which contained her Mastercard details so as to abstain from venturing into the red. Her nighttime shopping conduct began seven years prior, after the birth of her first kid, when she was found to experience the ill effects of a condition called Parasomnia.
She supposes the disease was ticked off by her sleep apnea - where she quits breathing in her sleep. This prompts her brain to somewhat wake up and causes her to sleepwalk and sleep shop. Kelly 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. It was all on my phone and everything that is on my phone is accessible by touch. I was racking up debt everywhere," she added.
Kelly, from Basildon, Essex, was known to once in a while sleepwalk as a youngster, however, her condition exacerbated following the birth of her first kid Henry in 2006. She added, "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 on the metformin."
"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," she further expressed. Kelly went to her GP on various events yet was consistently told that her side effects occurred due to her being drained and tensed.
It was only when she straightforwardly wrote to two consultants asking for assistance that one took on her case. Dr, Samuel proposed a preliminary session of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to keep the air tract open and the outcomes have been noteworthy. She currently wears an oxygen mask at night that helps to regulate her breathing, which has managed to control both diagnoses.