Neath star Katherine Jenkins reveals she sleeps with her eyes open
NEATH star Katherine Jenkins has revealed she has a sleeping condition.
The classical singer suffers from Nocturnal Lagophthalmos, a condition which means sufferers are unable to fully close their eyes when they sleep.
The 33-year-old said she has lived with the problem since she was a child.
She revealed she is a sufferer in an interview where she recalled an anecdote about how she was once complimented on her eyes by an admirer.
She said: "The best chat up line to ever come my way is: "Was you father a thief because he must have stolen the stars from the skies and put them in your eyes?" Speaking of which I always sleep with my eyes open.
"My eyes don't close properly — they are always at least half open - and when I go to sleep I look like I'm still awake.
"And I don't really have dreams either. My Mum would always say: "Katherine, are you awake or are you asleep?"
The condition is believed to affect around 10 per cent of the population.
It is described by doctors as a form of facial paralysis and can cause the eyes to dry, get irritated, and it can also injure the corneas.
When there are fewer tears available to wash away debris like dust and bacteria, sufferers experience blurred vision and more frequent eye infections.
Katherine, who was a choir girl at St David's Church in her hometown, attended a party for Martell Cognac at London restaurant Le Caprice on Monday night.