Hitting the Smartphone After the Sack Can Result in ‘Sleep-Texting’

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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.


‘Sleep Texting’ happens when smartphone users send texts while in twilight sleep.

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.

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