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Sleep Texting Is a Growing Problem Among Teens: Have You Ever Sleep Texted?

Living 2013/02/18 05:10:10
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We’ve heard of drunk texting, but sleep texting? That’s a new one. Yet, according to CBS Philadelphia, it’s a growing problem among teens.

Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova University, told CBS Philadelphia: “It’s exactly what is sounds like, or really more between that, you know, that area between being asleep and being awake. The phone will beep, they’ll answer the text. They’ll either respond in words or gibberish. (It) can even be inappropriate. Ex-girlfriends contacting ex-boyfriends, saying ‘I miss you. I want to see you.’ The thing that happens, though, is that when they wake up, there’s no memory.”

Apparently this behavior is especially prevalent among teens because they often do not get the eight to ten hours of sleep they need a night. Even if teens are not aware of it, having their sleep regularly interrupted mid-sleep cycle (with beeping or other text alarm noises) can lead to serious problems like obesity, depression, and trouble in school. Dowdell recommends maintaining a technology-free bedroom—unlikely in this day and age—or at least turning off your phone’s ringer and putting it on the other side of the room when sleeping.

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  • LayLady 2013/03/14 09:42:54
    Not that I know of . . .
    LayLady
    notat I know of
  • MsDianna 2013/03/03 17:20:53
    No
    MsDianna
    no I don't even know how to text much less do it in my sleep!
  • Little Miss Monster 2013/02/27 20:03:02
    No
    Little Miss Monster
    +1
    I turn my phone off before I go to bed, so it isn't a problem. Anyway, I don't text enough that I would have to resort to doing it in my sleep.
  • codie.paul 2013/02/27 19:10:40 (edited)
    No
    codie.paul
    +1
    I havent but i bet 90 some percent of women have haha. I turn my phone off when i go to bed, or i give it to someone.That should be the question. How many women have texted in their sleep? Haha. Seriously. Nice top opinion. Haha. A bit messed up but not bad. And for those who dont know even though the answer is obvious, this is possible t he same way talking and snoring in your sleep is. Not hard to figure out. And i can remember being a teen and seeing kids have cell phones i still do. Kids are spoiled, most anyway.
  • nicesteve 2013/02/24 01:06:02
    Not that I know of . . .
    nicesteve
    I might've had dreams of texting, but when I wake up, I don't ever find any
    indication that I ever sent or recived any text messages while sleeping.
  • Dave 007 2013/02/23 15:27:20
    No
    Dave 007
    +1
    I just eat donuts in my sleep.
  • DrRenovation 2013/02/23 15:25:43
    No
    DrRenovation
    +1
    Not that I have a phone anyway...
  • Jezebel 2013/02/23 07:18:01
    No
    Jezebel
    +1
    Well I have texted and then not remembered doing so later but I don't believe I was actually asleep - just VERY out of it.
  • Christina 2013/02/23 03:50:16
    Yes
    Christina
    I send what I'm dreaming about to random people am I the only one who does that?!
  • Unknown1 2013/02/22 15:17:18
    Yes
    Unknown1
    +1
    Yup. Just did that last night lol. I sent a text to my best friend that said xcfffggghhjhgyy or something like that lol.
  • Calvin Harris ✌ 2013/02/22 14:10:17
    Yes
    Calvin Harris ✌
    It's usually gibberish things.
  • opaleyes 2013/02/22 04:12:16
    No
    opaleyes
    +1
    I put my phone on airplane mode (cancels out wifi and cell reception) and have the phone set so when I turn it on it's on the alarm screen. Sleepy me would have to jump through a heck of a lot of hoops to send a text.
  • Earthling 2013/02/22 03:34:07
    No
    Earthling
    +1
    I have never texted while awake, either.
  • Aimee carrasco 2013/02/22 01:50:10
    Yes
    Aimee carrasco
    I always txt this one friend right before i go to sleep. But I get to this point were im really tired and can barely see the buttons straight. I still have a flip phone so i just end up counting the times i press the buttons, so it's now embedded into my subconscious because i have found that i've had full on conversations with my friend without remembering a single thing. I've even answered the phone! (says my phone records and my friend)
  • Ian 2013/02/22 01:45:38
    No
    Ian
    +1
    When I was a teen, only the extremely rich had cell phones :)
  • patrick.bonacoscia 2013/02/22 01:03:59
    No
    patrick.bonacoscia
    +1
    no never heard of that addiction. I did not sleep much in my teen time, but I did not have mobiles then.... only girl friends... a more pleasant addiction.
  • whatever535 2013/02/22 01:01:38
    Yes
    whatever535
    +1
    Not real words but things like: hs SF jkxsfjm because it is addictive
  • NancyR1 2013/02/21 22:45:59
    Not that I know of . . .
    NancyR1
    ?????
  • CKarliner 2013/02/21 22:37:17
    No
    CKarliner
    +2
    I must be the last person in America with a rotary phone and have never text-ed? Sleep texting? Seriously? Oh man I've got dibs on the next pharmaceutical that can do both the green pill thing and stop the texting!
  • sαиѕ sσℓєιℓ~ 2013/02/21 21:01:37
    Yes
    sαиѕ sσℓєιℓ~
    Sometimes..
  • Maleficent 2013/02/21 20:38:52
    Not that I know of . . .
    Maleficent
    i have no idea. i know i have texted in bed a few times but not sure if i was asleep.
  • 2013/02/21 19:26:38
    No
    +1
    I have seen my sons do it.
  • koko 2013/02/21 17:45:57
    Not that I know of . . .
    koko
    +2
    how should i know im texting in my SLEEP!
  • Critter 2013/02/21 17:25:34
    No
    Critter
    +1
    NO! Such an ignorant question!
  • Catnip "Guru" ∞ 2013/02/21 15:55:47
    No
    Catnip "Guru" ∞
    +1
    I hardly ever text. So it's not a problem for me.
  • Gothic Kitty 2013/02/21 14:37:42
    No
    Gothic Kitty
  • Sarah Alexander 2013/02/21 13:48:18
    Yes
    Sarah Alexander
    +1
    Never anything regrettable, just replies to texts while extremely tired.
  • rbeas 2013/02/21 13:46:07
    No
    rbeas
    +1
    No. Although in my head I am still a teen.
  • Stan Weinstein 2013/02/21 09:35:51
    Not that I know of . . .
    Stan Weinstein
    +1
    IF I'M SLEEPING HOW WOULD I KNOW IF I'M TEXTING?
  • silentart 2013/02/21 07:12:25
    No
    silentart
    +1
    only crazies do that!
  • bacon.nivison 2013/02/21 06:06:19
    No
    bacon.nivison
    +1
    Nor when I'm awake.
  • Brianna 2013/02/21 05:12:00
    Yes
    Brianna
    +1
    People can I just say they are saying it's a growing problem among teens. They mostly want to know if teens have from the way they have stated the question.
  • Dawn Searle 2013/02/21 04:37:36
    Not that I know of . . .
    Dawn Searle
    +2
    Not sure that I sleep texted, but I once fired up my computer while I was sleepwalking, and checked my email. Opened a PCH email, went to their website and placed an order for a Patriotic American Flag Wind Chime. When it arrived in my mailbox I was astonished! I wondered why this thing was delivered to me! I didn't remember ordering it . I saw that it was something from Publishers Clearing House so I opened it. It's a wind chime, something I would NEVER order! I ended up keeping it tho, and yes, I paid for it.
  • Critter Dawn Se... 2013/02/21 17:29:47
    Critter
    +1
    Did you just make this story up so you would have a comment to make on this subject? It really does sound unbelievable.
  • Dawn Se... Critter 2014/07/13 21:22:20
    Dawn Searle
    Unbeleivable as it sounds, it's the truth! After a few years of taking Ambien, I finally figured out that I was sleepwalking. (I watched an ad for Ambien on tv and when I heard 'may cause sleepwalking') I freaked! Lucky for me I didn't leave the house and drive to a store, and end up in the river that's within walking distance from my house! I did do some other odd things too, tho, like raiding the fridge, carefully buttoning and folding a long sleeved flannel shirt, which is something I never do. So much fun, right? Nope! I stopped taking Ambien so I wouldn't fall down the stairs and break my neck.
  • LEN 2013/02/21 04:28:06
    No
    LEN
    +1
    I have never texted at all, at my age I would end up in the slammer pronto even texting from home.
  • Ramón 2013/02/21 03:38:43
    Not that I know of . . .
    Ramón
    I want to sleep. I need sleep. Going without 8 or more hours of sleep is the same as premature aging. BAD. I put my phone in airplane mode when I sleep.
  • dsf 2013/02/21 03:15:27
    Yes
    dsf
    +1
    After getting back from Afghanistan and suffering several concussions I was prescribed Ambien and Trazodone for insomnia. Shortly after I began taking them I found I was sleep texting random gibberish sometimes slightly understandable but only in response to texts I received. The fix was to keep my phone out of arms reach while sleeping and on silent.
  • Critter dsf 2013/02/21 17:31:10
    Critter
    From another veteran of a different era, thank you for your service to our country.
  • t.eliot, topbard 2013/02/21 02:41:23
    No
    t.eliot, topbard
    +1
    Never, awake or asleep.
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