Imagine going to sleep hungry and having your body take matters into its own hands, to the point where you wake up with melted chocolate on your pillowcase. That's the reality 20-year-old University of Aberdeen student Kate Archibald lives with every night, and occasionally her sleep-eating problem gets so severe that she finds herself waking up next to half-eaten wheels of cheese. Heck, we're not even mad.
Archibald has what's called a nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder, a more specific type of sleepwalking that causes the body to act on its hunger, even if the mind is somewhere off in dreamland. To combat this condition (which apparently affects up to 4% of US students), she's started locking herself in her bedroom, only stocking her pantry and fridge with healthy snacks, and educating her roommates on her condition -- they used to think she was consciously stealing their food. But now everyone knows better.