Doctors See Increase In ‘Sleep Texting’

November 17, 2011 by staff 

Doctors See Increase In ‘Sleep Texting’, Doctors say more people are paying the price for easy communications access with a disorder they call “sleep texting.” “I twist and turn for at least two or three hours before I actually fall asleep,” said 16-year-old Elizabeth Hammonds.

When Hammonds finally falls asleep, the unexpected happens. Some people may experience night terrors, sleepwalking and even sleep eating, but for Hammonds, who carries her cell phone everywhere, it’s sleep texting.

She doesn’t realize she’s sending text messages while she’s sleeping until the next morning, thanks to her friends.

“You sent me a text message at three in the morning and I didn’t know what you meant by it,” she said.

Her mother, Betty, is equally stunned.

“She was telling me how she had texted somebody that said ‘Close her door’,” Betty Hammonds said.

It seems unbelievable, but the proof is captured on the phone.

“Then he showed me on his phone, I’m like, ‘Are you really joking? I sent that to you, like at three in the morning?’,” Hammonds said. “He’s like, ‘Yeah, you did’.”

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