Technology largely impacts the way that we live our lives, and more importantly how we sleep. Months ago I wrote about my fairly severe case of insomnia. Staring at the bright display of a computer, tablet, smartphone or television after dusk can inhibit the release of melatonin (which helps you fall asleep), make you more alert and shift your circadian rhythm. In other words, it can throw your entire sleep schedule out of whack. Although the solution is rather simple, it's not easy to overcome.

According to experts, however, insomnia isn't the only sleep disorder caused by technology. A report from ABC details a more recent phenomenon that was discovered after people awoke from their precious night's sleep only to find they had sent an entire conversation of text messages without ever waking up. That's right … sleep texting. It's a real thing and apparently becoming a fairly common thing.

Dr. Adam Fisch, a sleep specialist at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, says, “It doesn't take a lot of motor skill or brain function to do certain things. You can literally do them in your sleep.” This is evidenced by people sleep walking, eating, driving (yes, I've heard tales of this) and other night time activities. A process that we go through several hundred times per day becomes easy with time, hence why you see people weaving through a crowd of people while texting, or carrying on a conversation at the dinner table without skipping a beat in their text conversation. According to ABC, there have also been reports of people emailing in their sleep, and cases of domestic violence and homicide by sleeping people. Freaky.

The concept of sleep texting may seem far-fetched to some of you, but I have actually had people text me while they were asleep before on several occasions. In fact, an ex-girlfriend of mine used to text in her sleep quite often. The only reason I knew she was asleep is because she could never recall the conversations the next morning. And sometimes she would text differently or misspell more words than normal. I eventually caught on to this and would mess with her (like telling her I was moving to Hawaii or going to a far away college), just to see what she would say. Might as well have a little fun with it, right?

Personally, I have never texted while sleeping, unless I also delete texts in my sleep. I have texted to the point of falling asleep and had trouble recalling what was said. But the vibrate or chime of my phone in the middle of the night is usually enough to wake me up. Even then, I usually ignore it and fall back asleep. I just can't imagine I (or anyone else, for that matter) could text very well while sleeping – I can barely type on a touchscreen while fully coherent, much less while catching some Zs.

For those who have experienced sleep texting, Fisch suggests you see a doctor and have your sleep patterns evaluated. And he suggests you keep your phone at a safe distance at night. Duh. Fisch also says the only real harm is waking up and having to explain what you might have said during dozing hours – if you even can. I imagine texting while you're frolicking around the Sandman's castle could lead to some pretty bizarre texts. There is already a Facebook page in honor of the sleeping texters that is 18,000 members strong, and it's only a matter of time before an entertaining blog of "Texts while sleeping" appears.

Anywho, have any of you been a victim of sleep texting? Did you say something that you regretted or got you in trouble? Was the conversation comprehensible? Or have you been messaged by someone who was asleep at the time? If so, tell us how it was/felt in the comments below.

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Molly Markiewicz lol all the time. :(
Michael Breeze Sometimes technology can trick your brain to thinking its awake and alert because of the bright screen, but your body is trying to fall asleep
Jeremy Black What a stupid question
Taylor Gutzmann Couldn't even get close because I have an iPhone, so I couldn't unlock it
Fan OfDreaming No, Unless u have a keyboard, it's ridiculously weird
Steve C Trevino No but I had a phone conversation while I was on a sleep aid and I revealed too much!
Zach Cline Nope lol
Marianna Plahtaric Belko Noooo... And I wouldnt want to know what it would be about either!!!!
Bladimir Barrera Never heard of it. I've sleep talk before
Shawn Meadows I've fallen asleep texting
William Smith Ya I have
Carlos Quinones I've pocket texted at most.
Bryan Dotman Ill tweet and text. Its embarassing.
Sarah Curry I am a sleep texter. When I wake up I always check my sent messages to make sure I don't have to send any explanation or apology texts.
Chris Ransom How would you know
Ashleigh Goniea yes, it's a frequent thing i do...i'm even a better speller in my sleep than awake
Diane Meg Findlay no but when my blackberry went off with a text this morning . i got up bleary eyed to answer the front door
Justin Alan Smith I have til I fell asleep.
Facebook user Can't say that I have!
Lisa Lubova Cliver I hope not!
Tony Abiama No... What kinda mess is that??
Jovanne Travers Yup, its a bad addiction
Shawn Poling I got drunk and call someone and don't remember it does that count.
Josh Hutchins Allllll the time, kinda scary ill wake up and not remember saying any of it
Milton R. Ervin IV No but I made sleep call...but my phone was on the charger
Jerry Benoit Yes and the next morning im like what??!?
AleXander WaTson Yea every day(-;
Adrian Garibay No but I've called people and said wired shit like sleep talking
Joe Czo Half asleep yes

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