Did you really send that nonsense to a pal? You might be a sleep-texter
It's a form of parasomnia, and it's a wake-up call to those who are hopelessly hooked on their phones
We’ve all heard of sleep walking and 5 -10% of us will experience a sleepwalking incident at one time in our lives. However, recent research has shed light on a new form of parasomnia – strange things people do in their sleep – and that’s sleep-texting. Whereas in the old days you might have been forgiven for mumbling some incoherent nonsense in the middle of the night, now we’re so hooked on our phones that we’ve developed the ability to unlock them, type some incomprehensible message and send it to a contact – all while asleep.
According to research conducted on 372 students at Pennsylvania’s Villanova University into phone use and sleep quality, 26% of them admitted to having texted in their sleep at some point, with some even reporting engaging in full conversations with bemused friends. Most of those who had texted in their sleep couldn’t remember the texts they’d sent, and one admitted to wearing mittens to prevent her from using her phone in her sleep.
The research also found, unsurprisingly, that sleep-texters are more likely to keep their phones next to or in their beds when they sleep and report a much lower quality of sleep.
So, if Melania Trump is listening, hide the phone and perhaps that’ll help ensure there won’t be another “covfefe” or “smocking gun” incident for the late-night shows to gleefully mull over. For the rest of you, don’t sleep next to your phones and you’re less likely to send regrettable gibberish texts to your friends.