R U Asleep? Sleep Texting May Be 4 Real

VIDEO: Experts say occurrences of texting while sleeping are becoming more common.

You’ve heard of sleepwalking. Maybe even sleep talking and sleep eating.

But sleep texting?

Some sleep specialists say the occurrence of this high-tech parasomnia may represent a new phenomenon — and it’s really not as hard as you might think.

“It doesn’t take a lot of motor skill or brain function to do certain things. You can literally do them in your sleep,” Dr. Adam Fisch, a sleep specialist at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, told ABC affiliate WRTV.

Evidence of this bizarre activity remain largely anecdotal so far; still, past research indicates that texting would not be the strangest thing for one to do while fast asleep. In 2008, Seton Hall University researchers published a case report of sleep e-mailing. Cases of domestic violence and even homicide committed by a sleeping perpetrator have also surfaced in media reports in recent years. So perhaps you should consider yourself lucky if the most unpleasant thing your dozing buddy visits upon you is a text message.

Fisch, for one, urges anyone who suspects they may be texting in their sleep to have their sleep patterns evaluated by a doctor – and keep their cell phone safely out of reach.

“The harm is the social embarrassment about what you may or may not say,” Fisch said.

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