Mum Says She Has Spent £3,000 On Shopping Sprees While Sleepwalking

It's hard to resist making impulse buys at the best of times, let alone when you end up online after a few drinks and feel it's about time you tried 'a new look'.

As such, the last thing anyone needs is for their sleepwalking self to go on shopping sprees while they're away in the land of nod.

For Kelly Snipes, from Essex, UK, mid-sleep shopping sprees have become a living/sleeping nightmare.

Countless times the 37-year-old has woken up to receipts for all kinds of things she ordered while sleeping.

In total she says she has spent around £3,000 on all kinds of shit, including: a full-size basketball hoop, tins of paint, books about teaching (despite her not being a teacher), salt and pepper pots, a Wendy house, fridges, tables and hundreds of pounds worth of Haribo.

But while kids and grown ups admittedly do love them so, excessive spending on Haribo and the like has resulted in Kelly drumming up debt.

She 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 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."

Kelly once bought a basketball hoop in her sleep. Credit: SWNS
Kelly once bought a basketball hoop in her sleep. Credit: SWNS

Kelly began sleepwalking as a child, but the severity of her condition escalated when she became pregnant with her first child Henry in 2006.

She said: "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."

Kelly said that on numerous occasions doctors put her condition down to stress, however, she was eventually diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and parasomnia after it was found that she stopped breathing 122 times in one night.

She is now using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device which has effectively turned Kelly's life around.

Kelly is now receiving treatment for her condition. Credit: SWNS
Kelly is now receiving treatment for her condition. Credit: SWNS

She said: "When I had the CPAP machine I felt rested and re-energised for the first time in ages. It really has given me my life back.

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

Great stuff... Maybe with her newfound energy Kelly might want to consider getting that basketball hoop sent back around.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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