"Sleep texting" is a new term used for people who send text messages in their sleep. The trending topic was featured on MSN Aug. 23 after a CBS Local report came out about sleep texters. These individuals have noticed that when they think they're asleep, they've accidentally typed out and sent text messages.
Megan noticed she sleep texts and shared her experience.
“My charger is right there in the corner so sometimes I would keep it right here next to me. I guess I got up and texted and went back to bed but I don’t remember it,” Megan said.
Megan said friends and family have received text messages from her at three or four o'clock in the morning. They "would be just be a sentence of jumbled up stuff,” she said.
Laura Hogya is another sleep texter who's exhausted the next day after a full night of sleep.
“I wake up exhausted the next day and I don’t know if it’s from tossing and turning or answering a text message,” Laura said.
She said when she wakes up to use the bathroom or get a drink, she'll check her phone and answer messages, but won't remember anything until she wakes up the next day.
Sleep specialist Dr. Josh Werber explained that sleep texting is becoming more of a real problem and it can have clear health consequences.
“They’re not getting the deep sleep or the rapid eye movement which is really critical to higher brain function,” Werber said.
The best way to avoid sleep texting? Shut down the phone or put it somewhere else on the charger. Dr. Werber suggests shutting the phone off an hour before bedtime.