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Sleep texting; new phenomenon sweeping the country

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Doctors say one of the reasons many of us don't get a good night sleep is because of our cell phones.     

But the problem isn't just late night calls; Dr. Jo says sometimes it's a new phenomenon called sleep texting.

Messages, typed out and delivered without any memory of hitting the send button.
People from all over weighed in on their experiences with texting without even knowing it.

"It's kind of scary to think you might be submitting a thought to somebody that you're not consciously aware of,".

"I woke up in the morning and I had four text messages from people, and I had randomly answered them in the middle of the night, and I had no idea that I answered them,".

Dr. Elizabeth Dow-Dell is a nursing professor at Villanova University in Pennsylvania and researches sleep texting.

Dr. Dow-Dell says high school, college students and young adults are most at risk.

"Often times what they respond is complete gibberish, misspellings, or doesn't make any sense," said Dr. Dow-Dell. "Even with sleep walking, or other activities like that, you need an awakening from your sleep, to begin the activity.  You just don't start the activity. "

Experts say the best treatment for this is basically a $5.00 alarm clock that you put in your room, and leave your cell phone outside.

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