The weird phenomenon of sleep-texting

According to a recent study, nearly 25% of students have already sent text messages in their sleep. Of these, nearly 72% do not remember at all. This phenomenon would have appeared because of our excessive use of smartphones and would particularly affect young people.

Have you ever found out that you sent an SMS while you were sleeping? If so, know that you are not alone. According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Villanova, Pennsylvania, texting during sleep would be on the rise, especially among young people. After studying the habits of 372 students with their mobile phones, they discovered that 25% of them had already sent messages while sleeping. And of these, 72% said they did not remember.

But rest assured, unlike the messages sent when you had a drink too many, which you usually regret the next morning, nighttime SMS usually consist of incomprehensible gibberish. According to experts, this phenomenon is a form of “parasomnia”, which includes a number of sleep disorders, such as sleepwalking or sleep eating, which occurs during the paradoxical sleep phase. Its appearance would be mainly due to our excessive use of smartphones and according to a study conducted by Mutuality Liberal, nearly one in two adolescents is “addicted” on his phone and social networks.

Sending nocturnal messages can also affect the quality of our sleep. “The ringing or vibrating of the mobile phone indicating that a call has arrived awakens the sleeper who instinctively responds to the message. This action can occur one or more times during the sleep cycle, thus affecting the quality and duration of sleep of the individual,” reads the Journal of American College Health.

The only solution to avoid using your smartphone in your sleep – and risk sending anything to your boss – is obviously not to keep your phone in your room. If you really can not do without it, make sure you put it in a place that is hard to reach from your bed and put it in silent mode or airplane mode. In this way, you will not be awakened by a possible ring and take it to answer while asleep.

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Shakes Gilles

Editor of The Talking Democrat. He enjoys bike riding, kayaking and playing soccer. On a slow weekend, you'll find him with a book by the lake.