Sleep-Texting is Harmless, Embarrassing or Risky??

Sleep-disorder specialists are reporting that sleep-texting, which a person may perform several times over the course of a single night, is an alarming trend..


Elizabeth Dowdell, a professor of nursing at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, has investigated the phenomenon of sleep-texting among college students.Of course, sleep-texting can cause some embarrassing situations. 
Aside from compromising situations, sleep-texting may cause health issues as well. In many cases, sleep-texting occurs about two hours after a person falls asleep, when deep, restful REM (rapid eye movement) sleep would normally begin.

One young woman Dowdell studied had a habit of sending gushing, romantic texts to platonic friends. "A classmate texted her something about anatomy class, and her reply back was, 'I just love it. I love you! You're the light of my life,'" Dowdell told US News & World Report. "Then, there was an old boyfriend who texted her, and she sent responses like, 'I adore you, please come over,' while she was asleep. She was mortified when she realized."

Most sleep-disorder specialists recommend people get seven to eight hours of sleep each night  i.e  lack of sleep has been linked to a number of health conditions, including obesity, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, immune-system dysfunction and other issues.
For optimal sleeping conditions, Werber and other sleep specialists also recommend turning off devices about an hour before going to bed as, the bright light they produce can inhibit the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, which is produced in dark light.

Laura Hogya is an admitted serial sleep-texter. "I wake up exhausted the next day, and I don't know if it's from tossing and turning, or answering a text message," Hogya told CBS New York. "If I answer a client e-mail — that's something that I have to worry about."

Modern technologies like smartphones have a pervasive influence on modern life, especially among younger users, who may be particularly susceptible to "smartphone addiction.

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Write by: RC - Saturday, August 24, 2013

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