Woman With Rare Condition Shops In Her Sleep
Rachel Lane suffers from narcolepsy and receives surprises packages she's accidentally ordered from Amazon while snoozing.
The 27-year-old has been known to fall asleep at funerals, concerts and can't drive for long distances for fear of dozing off due to her long-term brain condition which causes sufferers to fall asleep at inappropriate times.
Rachel actually shops online in her sleep and estimates she could have accidentally spent up to £300 to date.
Her past sleepy purchases include an air horn, dog toys, a prom dress, Pitbull T-shirt, chopping board and butcher's knives - none of which she has any memory of purchasing.
"A package came to the bakery and when I opened it, it was a prom dress. I'm 27 years old and definitely wasn't going to prom," the married woman from Maine, US, said.
"I didn't remember ordering it but I checked my bank and email and I definitely had. I must just think I deserve a treat now and again.
"I've ordered household items like a block of butchers knives, chopping boards and dog toys. I've probably spent around £300.
"I mostly order from Amazon. I think my brain is still active when I'm sleeping so it starts doing things that I would normally do while awake, and my credit card is already set up."
Rachel - a baker - said she has had chronic sleepiness her whole life but her narcolepsy began when she suffered a virus after she was scratched by a cat in 2015.
She's now told to take Adderall, a prescribed stimulant, during the day, and needs to pull over if she finds herself getting sleepy while driving.
"I fall asleep at funerals, concerts, the movies and if someone is talking to me, I fall asleep," Rachel explains.
"I have a moment where my head will drop and jerk back up again. I even fell asleep at a funeral because I was sat idle and my dad was nudging me to wake me up.
"I became ill in 2015 and never felt the same. I was always tired, even more than usual. I couldn't drive two miles down the road without dozing off.
"I'd have to have a nap or get out of the car and walk around for a bit. I didn't know what narcolepsy was at that point. I just thought it was because I was ill."
Rachel went to see a sleep specialist in 2016 because she was injuring herself during the night while sleepwalking, who gave her an explanation for her tiredness.
Rachel also hallucinates when she falls asleep, and has adopted rescue dog Lewis, a four-year-old pitbull, to help comfort as she sleeps.
"Before I was diagnosed, my doctor suggested a sleep partner to be with me to stop me from sleep walking because it was becoming dangerous," she says.
"I was obsessed with my mouth and I would jab anything on the roof of it until it was bleeding, like metal straws.
"My sister in law caught me jabbing knives and pens into the mattress once so I bought a dog to help wake me up and now if I go into a state of paralysis, he lays on top of me to keep me safe."
Rachel says he friends and family struggle to understand her condition.
"I'm super open about it but no one wants to educate themselves. It's really frustrating. They don't understand why I get so cranky when I'm tired.
"[My husband] Andrew tries to be supportive but he doesn't quite grasp how hallucinations can affect me. If I get upset, he'll say it's ok, it's just a dream but it's not.
"I always explain my life of narcolepsy as like how Alice [in Wonderland] felt when she fell down the rabbit hole.
"Hallucinations seem so real and leave me distraught. I have a cupcake tattoo on my wrist that says 'eat me'. It's my narcolepsy warrior tattoo."
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