A fifty-five-year old woman is in the grips of a rare sleep disorder which causes her to eat food during deep sleep with no memory of it the next day.
Lesley Cusack is a mother of three children and is divorced. She now lives alone.
Lesley makes sure she eats only salad during the day as she is in a position to control her diet in the waking hours. What happens during her sleep is beyond her control. When she wakes up the next day she is rather embarrassed to see a dirty kitchen, messy dishes, and packets of used items lying around. Strangely, she also cooks in the dark in a sleep state and has even fixed a meal for herself, with no memory of it. Her total calorie intake during sleep is about 2500 calories.
Lesley said: "I can only tell by the remains in the morning. I tend to find opened tins or packets and I've no idea whether I've eaten some of them cold or not. Sometimes I've found soup in pans, but also in bowls - it all can get rather messy. I've put alarms on my doors in the hope it will wake me up. It doesn't work though. I simply turn it off in my sleep. I'm trying to lose weight but it's a constant battle. I can follow a diet to the letter but it goes to pot at night."
She suffers from nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder (NSRED). She believes that she has been suffering from this disorder for many years and it is now that she has sought help. It was high time as she had begun to raid her fridge in the shed by leaving all the doers open at night. In her zombie state, she had also consumed paint, cough syrup, Vaseline, and soap powder.