Amanda Pendolino
August 09, 2013

You Could Be a Sleep Texter and Not Even Know It

Ever wake up to see a strange text convo in your inbox? You could be a sleep texter!

According to a new study, 25 to 35 percent of people engaged in sleep texting, composing text messages (sometimes made up of complete gibberish) after they had nodded off.

“It’s a phenomenon occurring with the younger generation,” says Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova University. “And it’s reflective of the significance of our smartphones – of these very powerful machines. Why would we turn them off?”

Most of the texts are simple and innocent: suggestions of pizza or working out. But other sleep texts are close cousins of the drunk text, revealing romantic feelings you might regret the next morning.

Dowdell recalled a funny sleep text sent by a young woman: “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.’ 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.”

(At least she wasn’t engaging in sexsomnia — having sex while sleeping.)

You can find more funny sleep texts via the Twitter hashtag #sleeptexting: