Sleep Talking Comes in all Different Strokes – Key Strokes That Is
Posted on July 1, 2013
Believe it or not, a new sleep disorder has developed as a result of technology and a high dependency on mobile devices. Nowadays, sleep talking is not only released through the mouth, but also through the fingertips. In other words, there are people who suffer from sleep texting.
Sleep texting seems to be most common among teens, especially those who are borderline addicted to their smartphones. Amazingly enough, sufferers of this sleep disorder reach for their mobile devices in the middle of the night, while snoozing, and send text messages to contacts in their phone.
Times They Are A Changing
Up until recently, it was not uncommon to hear a family member or friend sleep talking in the middle of the night. What is not so expected, however, is to see or hear someone texting during random parts of the night. Granted, the majority of these sleep texts do not make any sense, and the sender does realize that they even typed out the messages.
According to Dr. Markus Schmidt from the Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute, a person who thinks too much about texting, social media, and their cell phone in general, is more likely to develop this sleep disorder. Those who consciously stop using their smartphone a couple hours before bedtime are less prone to this sleep texting condition. It also helps to keep the phone out of arm’s reach because obviously if you can’t easily grab it, you can’t send any mysterious text messages.
Sleep texting may seem like a fairly mild condition, but there are actually some serious side effects associated with it. When someone gets in the habit of sleep texting, it can be presumed that subconsciously they are thinking about too many things – stresses, worries, emotions, relationships, to-do lists, etc. This kind of stress on the mind is certainly not healthy, and can lead to bigger problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and depression.
Put Your Finger on the Problem
The unique thing about this sleep texting disorder is that it can be avoided. Parents need to monitor how often their kids are using their smartphones, and pay special attention to their mobile device activity at nighttime. It really can snowball into an addiction, which is what leads to the texting sleep disorder in the first place. If you suspect that your child might be too dependent on their smartphone, there are some things you can do to try and alleviate the problem. Consider the tips provided below.
- Set Limits. This will of course come with some resistance from your child, but you are still the parent and you make the rules. Try to be flexible but still keep their best interest in mind.
- Get Outside. Nothing compares to a family camp trip or an outdoor adventure. No mobile devices allowed of course. Participating in outdoor activities is a great way to abandon smartphone over usage.
- Don’t Tempt. If you are trying to help your child drop their cell phone habit, then you must lead by example and don’t provide temptation. This means everyone in the family should practice the same self control.