Are you sleep texting?


People are known to walk, talk, and eat while sleeping. Increasingly, sleep texting is joining the list.

A study from Villanova University found that the habit of using smartphones to message friends while still asleep — and having no memory of doing it — is a common technology trend among adolescents and young adults. The paper, "Interrupted sleep: College students sleeping with technology," was published last month in the Journal of American College Health.

The study is the first nursing article to look at sleep texting. Researchers concluded it was a growing trend in the college student population.

"They are intimately attached to their phones," said Elizabeth B. Dowdell, professor of nursing at Villanova University and the lead author of the study. Adolescents and young adults can average 60 to 100 text messages a day, she said.

While sleep walking comes from the body's internal signals, texting while sleeping is usually prompted by external sounds, Dowdell said.

It's the buzz, beep, or tweet that makes the person automatically reach for the phone. That sound gives the person a sense of happiness, she said.

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