An Aberdeen student who couldn’t understand why she was piling on the pounds discovered she had a hidden medical disorder – sleep eating.
Most nights Kate Archibald gets up from bed and sleep-walks into the kitchen where she grabs armfuls of any food she can find.
She then takes it back to bed and scoffs the lot – without realising she’s eaten a thing.
In the morning, the 20-year-old wakes up feeling oddly full – with up to dozens of wrappers stuffed behind her bed.
Miss Archibald said: “I had absolutely no idea why I was putting on weight.
“And I used to get in massive rows with my flatmates about all this food that was going missing – I was adamant I hadn’t eaten anything.
“It was only when I woke up one morning surrounded by chocolate bar wrappers that I realised I must have been sleep-eating.
“I’m a bit allergic to peanuts – they make my face swell a bit – so I always avoid them.
“But there have been some mornings where I’ve woken up and my whole face had ballooned, so I must have eaten them in the night.
“One of my housemates had been given a big bar of Galaxy by her boyfriend as a treat – but I managed to eat it and wake up the next morning with my face covered in chocolate.
“We laugh about it now, but I still have to regularly go to the shop to replace my flatmates’ food.
“The weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten in a night is a wheel of cheddar cheese.”