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Teens ‘Sleep Texting’ And Don’t Remember

Teens ‘Sleep Texting’ And Don’t Remember
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PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — Some teens and adults are so connected with their smartphones they answer the buzz in their sleep and don’t know they’re “sleep texting,” a U.S. expert says.

Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, said her research involves Internet safety and many have told her about texts other people tell them they made but don’t remember making.

“Many parents tell me, ‘My child is so connected they never leave their cellphone and they have it on their nightstand and they answer it and then they find out later they texted,’” Dowdell told United Press International.

“The cellphone buzzes and the teen picks it up as a reflex — and in a transitional sleep state not quite asleep but not quite awake — answers in a text and hits send and it isn’t until the next day they someone will tell them about the text.”

The answer can be gibberish, or it can start out OK but then turn into something nonsensical, and when they get to class the next someone will tell “You sent a crazy message last night,” Dowdell said.

“It can be silly and embarrassing, but it can turn into bullying, too,” Dowdell said. “But outside of the Internet issues, answering the phone during the night can result in fractured sleep which doesn’t lead to the restorative sleep everyone needs.”

Most children and teens don’t get enough sleep — teens should get 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep a night and most don’t get nearly that much, Dowdell said.

“When teens don’t get enough sleep they become cranky, grumpy, they fall asleep in school and soon it is affecting their school work and their relationships,” Dowdell said.

“I suggest everyone in the family place a docking station in the kitchen or family room — outside of the bedroom — at 10 p.m. so everyone can get restorative sleep and to show children that the phone can be turned off some of the time.”

Some teens insist they need their phone because they use it as an alarm clock, but parents can insist their child place the cellphone across the room so they have to get up to answer it and that will wake them up — or get them an alarm clock, Dowdell suggested.

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  • GRAMPA

    Pavlov’s dogs sound familiar?
    What other automatic responses have they put in us?
    Cyborgs?
    God bless America
    Grampa

    • Hedgehog

      Hey Grampa, the best/worst is yet to come. Wait until they develop implantable cell phones with GPS trackers. 24/7 two way communication that you can’t shut off, all monitored by the government. To be inserted surgically into the body. It’s enough to make you gnaw off your own arm. Of course politicians will have them inserted in the cranium as there is no useful activity going on there anyway.

  • Joe

    This is an interesting article.

    It simplifies just how ‘dumbed down’ people have become.

    I suppose I am a broken record….when I ask….”Hey, you….with that cell phone attached to your ear…. what is so important in your life that you MUST be in 24/7 communication?”

    Here’s how I think about it……. Do you remember that movie…. (there were a couple of them with the same terrible situation)…. you have two people … with a collar device permanently attached around their neck. The device is a bomb. As long as the two people are less than 100 feet from each other…. they are safe.

    However, if either of them become more than 100 feet from the other…. both bombs explode.

    An extremely effective way to keep people together.

    Substitute the collar bomb for a cell phone and you have a similar situation. A FEAR of missing something if they are not connected.

    • Chris

      My hubby said when he got his newbie cell phone that he was NEVER going to text…..ha ha……..he can’t stay off the darn thing and he’s 62! I HATE texting and don’t even want a cell with that capability.

      • Joe

        Your husband needs a hobby…. (not texting)

  • Chris

    Ha Ha…………this reminds me of a comment someone made lately that ever since the cell phone came along, did you notice the drop in reports of UFO sightings?

  • ibcamn

    Geeze,what next!?!sleepwalking texting while eating jaywalking and making lewd comments against a stranger!??!give this one to Obama,i’m sure he would love to make up new laws to cover this one!(make sure the kid’s done text anti-obama stuff,he may lock in target location with his drones and blow your kid’s away like the others)

    Maybe he’ll form the text police division!?your tax dollars at work!

  • BruceUSA

    We’re going to have a bunch of babbling idiots everywhere if an EMP ever hits. Oh well!!!

  • http://midcontent ridge runner

    Since these are the brain dead morons, are the pukes who voted for the fkg crossbred muslim marxist 2X. A lot of companies are starting to fire employees caught texting on the job, no matter what catigory or type. That is why plenty of jobs, for people who actually work, starting with cashiers, to welders, or operators of equipment. Too many dumb fks ith degrees and produce nothing from having an attention span of a 4 year olds, only these are18-40 year olds.

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