Sleep texting (v.): When one unknowingly texts in their sleep. Most commonly seen among teens. Used in a sentence: “Bro, I accidentally sleep texted my ex-girlfriend,’I miss you,’ and now she won’t leave me alone.”
It’s not just sleep walking that’s dangerous anymore – now Americans need to be on the lookout for sleep texting, which is quickly becoming a common problem among teens.
“The phone will beep, they’ll answer the text. They’ll either respond in words or gibberish, ” Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Pennsylvania’s Villanova University, explained to CBS Philadelphia.
According to Dowdell, teenagers will frequently send texts in their sleep that are often incoherent and embarrassing, and don’t discover they’ve sent the text until they check their phones the next morning.
Just one more reason why you shouldn’t sleep with your phone anymore!
Teens often stress out about not getting enough sleep because their parents chew them out for not catching enough zzz’s at night. This often results in them exhibiting anxious behaviors during their sleep like answering texts, especially while they are in their REM sleep stage, according to Dowdell.
Word to the wise: If you are experiencing these symptoms, maybe you should turn off your phone at night. Unless, of course, you want to text your ex “fhaiuwefncuiaewlfhcalieuwfjnivac” at 3 am.