Reading and responding to text messages while asleep — called “sleep texting” — is an abnormal sleep behavior, similar to sleepwalking. It’s also a growing concern among doctors grappling with a sleep-deprived population: young people who can’t be separated from their cellphones.
- Sleep texting disrupts sleep. Fragmented sleep interrupts the body’s process for nightly restorative functions – muscle repair, memory consolidation and hormone production for regulating growth and appetite.
- Sleep affects how we look and feel each day. It also impacts performance and the ability to fully engage at school, work or in sports. Long-term sleep deprivation will result in daytime fatigue and impaired executive function. Sleep texting may be a sign of a high-risk health issue such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is now linked to attention deficit (ADHD).
- Teens and young adults are most affected. However, all of us who are tied to mobile devices are at risk.
- Sleep texting is a growing concern as we technology creeps into increased aspects of everyday lives. We are becoming overexposed to technology.
- Sleep studies, as well as additional tests, will allow a medical professional to properly diagnose the full extent of any sleep disorders.
- One simple solution to avoid sleep texting is to turn off the technology. Let your mobile device sleep when you sleep, turn it off and leave it out of the bedroom.