Are You Texting In Your Sleep? This Survey Says Yes

We've all sent the odd few (hundred thousand) drunk texts in our time, but have you ever sent texts in your sleep?

Although you'd assume the answer would be no, a new survey has found that sleep texting is a thing after a significant number of people reported sending messages while asleep or drifting off.

This is no small number of people, either - the research, which came from Villanova University professor Elizabeth B. Dowdell, PhD, discovered that more than a quarter of students interviewed for the study reported texting in their sleep.

And out of that figure, a whopping 72% said they had absolutely no memory of sending the texts. Worrying findings, we're sure you'll agree.

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Credit: PA

That said, apparently the results are more embarrassing than they are dangerous - the report details examples like 'I legittt wish veggird were enough to fuelme' and 'Lips I dripped it'. Plus, all of those asked were students, who are 'not currently members of the work world interacting with clients, bosses, administration, or fellow employees'. The report's words, not ours.

The survey was conducted at two US universities back in 2013, where 372 college students were questioned about the use of their phone. Respondents were 75% female and all reported that they owned a smartphone. Suffice to say, many of them also admitted sleeping with their phones next to them.

"The majority of the sleep texting students had no memory of the texting behavior as well as who or what they texted," said Dowdell in a statement.

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Credit: PA

"The lack of memory is not surprising as sleep research has found that people awakened after sleeping more than a few minutes are usually unable to recall the last few minutes before they fall asleep."

The researchers went on to explain the effect sleep texting has on quality of sleep, stating: "Sleep texting occurs when an individual responds to or sends a text message electronically while in a sleep state.

"The beep or buzz of the cell phone indicating that a call has come in awakens the sleeper, who instinctively reaches over and responds to the message.

"This action can occur once or multiple times during the sleep cycle, adversely affecting the quality and the duration of the individual's sleep."

So what's the answer if you want to avoid becoming part of this modern-day phenomena? Just don't sleep with your phone next to your pillow.

Or accept the fact that you could very well be texting your ex 'legittt wish veggird' at some point in the near future.

Source: The Mirror

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Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

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