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What is 'sleep-texting' and what are the dangers of this condition?

by , 27 August 2013

Sleep-texting is on the rise. This is a condition where people send incoherent text messages while asleep to their friends and family. What makes this condition bizarre is the person ‘sleep-texting' is completely unaware that they're doing it. If you're a ‘sleep-texter', read on to find out why this is dangerous for your health.

The stress of daily life has sparked a new phenomenon, sleep texting, the DailyMail reports.

In the report, sleep specialist Dr David Cunnington, of Melbourne Sleep Disorder Centre in Australia, says “we have had patients who have reported sending text messages to their friends and family while asleep. It’s one of those things that happen, but it’s very rare and certainly not a common trend.”

If you think there’s nothing wrong with texting in your sleep, think again.

Here’s why ‘sleep-texting’ is bad for your health

Dr. Josh Werber, a sleep and snoring specialist is quoted in a CTVNews report as saying, “sleep is a very important restorative process. And when we’re not fully engaged in it and not getting the amount we need, we’re not having the same restorative effect on our brains and that affects our cognitive ability the next day.”

So basically, ‘sleep-texting’ disrupts your sleep. Not getting enough sleep has been linked to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, obesity psychiatric problems, including depression and other mood disorders.

Who’s at risk of ‘sleep-texting?’

WebMD explains that teens are especially at risk of ‘sleep-texting,’ with more and more kids reaching for the phones during the night, sending texts and waking up with no recollection of what took place.

Is there a way to stop ‘sleep-texting’?

Experts recommend shutting off your smartphone before bed or even moving your devices out of your bedroom.

Other studies have shown that gadgets like iPads give off a blue light that causes your body to shut down production of the sleep hormone melatonin.

The bottom line: Besides sending bizarre messages to your friends and family and not remembering what you said, sleep texting disrupts your sleep and this has far reaching consequences for your health. So if you’re addicted to your smartphone, keep it out of your bedroom to avoid ‘sleep-texting’.

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