'A personal trainer who falls asleep up to 16 times a day because of her medical condition says strangers mistake her drowsiness for being drunk.
Belle Hutt, 24, from Oxford, was diagnosed with severe narcolepsy after having a flu vaccination in 2009.
The condition caused her to suffer with hallucinations and sleep paralysis, whereby she is aware of her surroundings but unable to move or speak.
It left her terrified of her constant naps, unable to tell between reality and what her hallucinations produced.
Miss Hutt fell asleep during classes, was unable to hold down a job or drive, and her love life was destroyed as she'd regularly fall asleep on dates.
But after years of a living nightmare, Miss Hutt said she's finally managed to control her condition with exercise as it keeps her energised.
Miss Hutt, who now lives in Amsterdam, said: 'A lot of times in public places I've been accused of being wasted, a woman asked me once if I had been drinking in the morning.
'Even my doctor asked me how much alcohol I was drinking when I went to see him for help.
'I would very rarely go out on my own. It's very hard to explain and I do sound drunk and my eyes are dropping.'
Miss Hutt was diagnosed with narcolepsy when she was 17, after a swine flu jab left her feeling fatigued, exhausted and falling asleep in class.
Narcolepsy is a rare brain condition caused by the lack of a brain chemical called 'orexin', which regulates wakefulness.
It causes sleep attacks - when the person suddenly falls asleep, sleep paralysis, tiredness and hallucinations.
The NHS states it can be triggered by an infection, the flu jab Pandemrix, which was used for swine flu vaccination, and psychological stress or hormonal changes.'
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