I Sent You a Text Message When?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 28-year-old Bryson Avery, like most guys his age, always has his cell phone nearby. So near, that he sometimes sleep texts. He even sent a sleep text to his boss, announcing his resignation. He says, "It was something along the lines of 'thank you for the opportunity, I've appreciated my time with you but I'm gonna have to move on.'"
That's not all. "I would text friends of mine and invite them over to the house or ask them to bring me sandwiches. One time I asked somebody to bring me beer," he says.
"People have broken up with each other, people have texted ex boyfriends inappropriate comments," says Dr. Carolyn Hart. She is a sleep physician at Presbyterian Sleep Health in Charlotte. She says sleep texting, like sleep walking, eating or driving, usually happens within the first couple hours of sleep. "A lot of teenagers are vulnerable to this because they sleep with their cell phone right next to their beds," says Hart.
Sleep texting is often triggered by sleep deprivation and over stimulation. The activity, done while you're half awake and half asleep, leads to more sleep deprivation - which can impact your overall well being.
Hart says, "The best way to prevent sleep texting is don't sleep with your cell phone beside your bed. Best idea would be to get it out of the bedroom."
And as for that text he sent to his boss? She laughed it off. But, "I was lucky that it didn't cause any permanent harm to my life but it could have, I mean I could have lost my job."