I was still texting but wasn’t fully aware of what I was saying until I reread the conversation this morning. I was basically sleep texting, which is now on the rise according to experts.
Professor of nursing at Villanova University, Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell says that this is new, “We’re just starting to get a handle on it.” Though she hasn’t done research on it yet, a lot of her students have shared their sleep-texting stories.
Dowdell says a cellphone beeping in the middle of the night is enough to lightly wake someone up, but they respond without being fully awake and have no recollection of it. She believes that sleep deprivation and the ties teens have to technology may be the culprits.
Clinical psychologist and sleep specialist, Dr. Michael Breus, says “With the advent of texting, I would absolutely say there’s a significant uptick in this type of thing,” in teens and adults too.
Sleep texting is what Breus calls an “arousal disorder,” which is really common in shift workers, on-call doctors and anyone else who may be lacking sleep. He explains that this behavior has been around for a while, but texting is another activity that people are doing.
What’s the solution? Get more sleep! And maybe put your phone on the opposite side of the room so you don’t roll over and start texting your crush in the middle of the night.
Have you ever sleep texted? Did you remember doing it? Did you say anything crazy? Tell me in the comments!