Truth or Myth: Sleep Texting

January 26, 2012

Believe it or not, I just did it the other day. It was almost the end of a long Sunday. I was exchanging SMS messages with some friends, and we talked about how each other’s day went. I was worn out by the day’s activities, yet I felt that I had to catch up with these people that I haven’t seen for at least a week. Comfortably lying on my precious bed, I sent numerous messages to a number of my closest friends. I was on the verge of falling asleep, but I was determined to keep myself awake for my amigos. I texted and I texted. I yawned a couple of times, and texted some more.

Sleep Texting
Sleep Texting

Suddenly, out of nowhere, I woke up. In my mind, I thought to myself: “What just happened?” I had no memory of falling asleep, so this wall all bizarre to me at the time. Instinctively, I checked my phone inbox. There was a message saying: “What you said didn’t make sense.” So when I browsed through my Sent Items, I got surprised at what I saw. I actually composed a message consisting of random words and sent it to my friend!

Yes, sleep texting does happen. And it turns out that it’s something that’s likely to be experienced by people who are attached to their mobile phones. Can we all agree that most of us are included in this category? After all, who doesn’t sleep without having their cellphone at arm’s reach? Because of this habit, we create a conflict with our brain activity. Part of us could still be actively waiting for a possible incoming message while our stressed bodies tell us that it’s time to snooze off.

Before we know it, we end up stuck in a stage where we’re half awake and half asleep, and if we keep fighting our bodies demands, we could lose awareness of our conscious reality. This probably explains my incident the other night. I have no time to elaborate, but I’ve actually had more perplexing mornings after engaging in the act Sleep Texting. While I was submerged in a state of sleep, I was able to reply to a text message, deleted the message I sent, and erase the message I replied to.

So how can we prevent this? Well first, we have to keep our phones away from us when it’s bedtime. After all, if we don’t have the instrument, then we should be able to prevent ourselves from sending embarrassing text messages like: “I need to sleep now. Good nighfvsdcfsacas”. Without our phones, we’d be able to fully accommodate our body’s desire to get some necessary sleep.