confused, and quickly reach for their handset.
Actually, the sleep-texting term might be a misnomer as the person sending the message isn't exactly sleeping, but is half awake. While some people might get up and open the refrigerator and make a sandwich, others unlock their phones and send out a text message. Dr. Harris calls it a form of sleepwalking. But there are some easy solutions. You can make sure your handset is turned off, put in a different room from the one where you're sleeping, or protect it by using a passcode (unless you have an Apple iPhone running iOS 6.1).
"It's like your brain is on autopilot. Think about the rate at which people are texting nowadays, and most people sleep right next to (their phones), so if they wake up it's another automatic behavior. ... This is sort of a form of sleepwalking, that's kind of the way that I look at it."-Dr. Shelby Harris, director of behavioral sleep medicine, Montefiore Medical Center in New York
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