As explained by a professor from New York University’s College of Dentistry and founder of The Gelb Center in New York, namely Dr. Michael Gelb “sleep-texting is a condition that occurs when the body is in a state between waking up and half asleep, and in this condition when your cellphone rings, without you knowing it you will be doing activities with your cellphone whether it’s calling, sending short messages to someone and other things related to activities with your cellphone after that you fall asleep again, “he explained. “Sleep-texting” is now growing as a new lifestyle phenomenon for some people who are so dependent on cellphone gadgets.
This phenomenon occurs a lot, especially those teenagers and adults who often unconsciously send short messages at night while they are asleep. Gelb said this new lifestyle is classified as parasomnias, which are classified under other sleep disorders such as “Sleep-Walking” (walking while sleeping), “Sleep-Talking” and waking up in the middle of the night wanting to pee. For most Sleeptexters (as they are called sleep-texting people), sleep disorders like this can be both detrimental and embarrassing, especially when the recipients of the message are people who are considered so important. When this sleep disorder strikes, the sufferers tend to be in a state of unconsciousness, therefore they can send short messages with various contents, some of which are greetings, jokes or even insults. And this is what will make the sufferer feel hurt and humiliated by actions he is not aware of.
This is exacerbated by adults and young people who are so attached to their cellphones, that they are willing to read and reply to all incoming messages even though at that time their drowsiness was severely attacking them. When they wake up the next morning, they don’t remember what they did, until they check their mailbox history. Experts say, this habit can actually interfere with your regular sleep schedule. Sleep is an important recovery process. When the body doesn’t get the right sleep needs and the adequate amount of rest time, it doesn’t get the same restorative effect on the brain. This will affect your cognitive abilities in the future. To prevent the possibility of “sleep-texting”, you should put the phone out of reach of your bed. Or if necessary, just turn off your cellphone so that it won’t disturb your sleep with sounds that come from cellphones.