October 16, 2013
Sleeptexting Is the New Sleepwalking

Casey Vandeventer did not mean to text the name of her dead father to a friend. In fact, she wasn’t even conscious when it happened.
No, this isn’t the beginning of a ghost story and Vandeventer, 31, wasn’t possessed. She was sleeptexting, and she’s not alone, according to researchers like Dr. Michael Gelb, a clinical professor at New York University’s College of Dentistry and founder of The Gelb Center in New York.
“The line is blurring between wakefulness and sleep,” Gelb explains. “So, you’ll be texting one second and the next second you’re asleep, but then you get a ping and the ping awakens you. It’s becoming more of a trend because the line is really being blurred between being awake and being asleep.”
Sleeptexting is a growing phenomenon in which people (usually adolescents and young adults) send text messages while asleep. Gelb says it’s being classified as a parasomnia, putting it in the same class of sleep disorders as sleepwalking, night terrors, and bedwetting. For many sleeptexters, the disorder is just as embarrassing as any of the above, especially when the recipient is anyone other than a trusted friend or family member. Alex Thielen, 22, is one of many sleeptexters to regret the recipient as much as the message. In her case, an ex-boyfriend was on the receiving end of her unconscious text.
Read more. [Image: Suzanee Plunkett/Reuters]

Sleeptexting Is the New Sleepwalking

Casey Vandeventer did not mean to text the name of her dead father to a friend. In fact, she wasn’t even conscious when it happened.

No, this isn’t the beginning of a ghost story and Vandeventer, 31, wasn’t possessed. She was sleeptexting, and she’s not alone, according to researchers like Dr. Michael Gelb, a clinical professor at New York University’s College of Dentistry and founder of The Gelb Center in New York.

“The line is blurring between wakefulness and sleep,” Gelb explains. “So, you’ll be texting one second and the next second you’re asleep, but then you get a ping and the ping awakens you. It’s becoming more of a trend because the line is really being blurred between being awake and being asleep.”

Sleeptexting is a growing phenomenon in which people (usually adolescents and young adults) send text messages while asleep. Gelb says it’s being classified as a parasomnia, putting it in the same class of sleep disorders as sleepwalking, night terrors, and bedwetting. For many sleeptexters, the disorder is just as embarrassing as any of the above, especially when the recipient is anyone other than a trusted friend or family member. Alex Thielen, 22, is one of many sleeptexters to regret the recipient as much as the message. In her case, an ex-boyfriend was on the receiving end of her unconscious text.

Read more. [Image: Suzanee Plunkett/Reuters]

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    Have you ever sleep texted?
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    oh god this means i have to be kept away from my phone at ALL TIMES.
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    Yesssssss I’ve been doing this since 2009, finally someone acknowledges it
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    i’ve done this a few times.
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