What is sleep texting?
Sleep texting is a sleep disorder characterized by texting during sleep. It is most common in college students and is associated with poor sleep quality. Sleep texting can be a symptom of sleep deprivation or other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.
A study published in the Journal of American College Health found that nearly one-third of college students reported sleep texting. The study found that sleep texting was associated with poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation.
If you find yourself falling asleep while texting, it’s important to get more sleep. College students should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor about possible sleep disorders.
The dangers of sleep texting
If you think you’re safe from the dangers of sleep texting just because you’re not the one sending out garbled late-night messages, think again. Just as sleep talking can be embarrassing (or even incriminating), the content of your text messages can be, too, especially if you happen to fall asleep with your phone in your hand.
In a recent study at Villanova University, researchers found that people who sleep with their phones in their beds are more likely to sleep text – that is, to send out text messages in their sleep. The study participants were asked to keep a diary of their sleep habits and smartphone use for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, those who slept with their phones in their beds were nearly three times as likely to have reported sleep texting as those who didn’t.
So what’s the big deal? After all, it’s just a text message, right? Wrong.
The content of your text messages can be just as revealing as what you say in your sleep. In fact, a study published in the journal Sleep found that people are just as likely to send out text messages with sensitive or personal information while they’re asleep as they are when they’re awake.
So if you don’t want your late-night musings (or your text messages) to be made public, it’s best to leave your phone out of the bedroom.
How to avoid sleep texting
If you find yourself frequently sleep texting, there are a few things you can do to try to avoid it.
First, try to keep your phone out of reach before you go to sleep. This will make it less likely that you’ll accidentally grab your phone in the middle of the night.
Second, if you usually sleep with your phone on your bed, try putting it on the other side of the room so you have to get up to reach it. This will make it less likely that you’ll text in your sleep.
Third, try setting your phone to silent or vibrate so you’re less likely to hear it if you do happen to text in your sleep.
Fourth, if you have a lock screen on your phone, make sure to use it so that even if you do grab your phone in your sleep, you won’t be able to unlock it and start texting.
Finally, if you find that you’re still sleep texting despite taking these precautions, you may want to consider giving up your phone entirely for a night or two to break the habit.
The benefits of sleep texting
Sleep texting is a new phenomenon that has only recently been studied. Although it may seem like a silly thing to do, there are actually some benefits to sleep texting.
For one, sleep texting can help to relieve boredom. If you are stuck in a situation where you can’t sleep, but you also don’t want to just lie there awake, sleep texting can be a way to pass the time. It can also be a way to keep yourself occupied if you are waiting for someone to respond to a text you sent them earlier.
Another benefit of sleep texting is that it can help you to communicate with people who you wouldn’t otherwise be able to talk to. If you are shy or introverted, sleep texting can be a way to reach out to people without having to face them in person. It can also be a way to communicate with people who are in different time zones, or who are busy during the day when you are free.
Finally, sleep texting can be a way to relieve stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your day-to-day life, sleep texting can be a way to take a break from it all. It can be a way to vent your frustrations without having to actually talk to anyone.
So, although sleep texting may seem like a silly thing to do, there are actually some benefits to it. If you find yourself bored, stressed, or wanting to communicate with someone you wouldn’t otherwise be able to, sleep texting may be the perfect solution.