Giving “pillow talk” a whole new meaning, a new trend is making its way into the bedroom, and many who do it have no recollection the morning after.
It’s being referred to as “sleep-texting,” and it happens when slumbering smartphone users reach for their devices after falling asleep.
Those who do it often send jumbled, nonsensical or embarrassing text messages — sometimes ones they regret later.
And, of course, there’s a Twitter hashtag for it: #sleeptext.
It’s a form of parasomnia, abnormal actions that happens when you’re between sleep stages or aren’t fully awake, such as sleep-walking and sleep-eating, according to Dr. Alon Avidan, a sleep medicine doctor at UCLA.
Why does sleep-texting happen?
“Our society is sleep deprived and that’s one of the predisposing or risk factors for having sleep-texting or a variety of other unusual behaviors in sleep,” Avidan said.
How to cure it? Keep your cellphone far away from your bedside, doctors advise.