"Sometimes I'll fall asleep and I wake up the next morning and i'm like ... what did I do you know." Jason Robinson has a problem that doctors have just begun to explore. "I am a sleep texter, I am a sleep texter yes."
Jason is a writer, who loves books, but falls asleep with his phone, and sometimes he writes some strange things in the middle of the night.
7 On Your Side's Amy Wood asked if he worries he'll send something really damaging?
"Oh yeah yeah like the other night I was like oh my gosh, my buddy is going to be torn out of frame," Jason said.
Jason is not alone. We've got revealing pictures in the video of story that document case after case of viewers keeping their phones right next to their bed. In a PEW survey 44 percent of cell phone owners say they sleep with their phones right next to them. One of the shots our viewers sent in showed a teenager sound asleep with the phone still in his hand!
Viewers sent in their personal stories of sleep texting too: LIke this Facebook post:
"I sent my boss a text at 3 am once. I charge my phone by the bed, and I guess I woke up, checked the time, and fell back asleep with the phone in my hand. Must have hit the button by mistake. Just glad it was a text and not a call. No telling what he would've heard."
And a friend of Amy's on twitter, revealed in this message - she's done it!
"Went to sleep at midnight. Apparently at 1:30 I sleep texted "Casey Kasem died" to someone. What the heck?! (he is still alive)."
Whether messaging a boss, or sleep texting that a celebrity died, who is still alive, Wilson Smith - the Medical Director at Spartanburg Regional's Sleep Services - says sleep texting can be a threat to your health.
"Yes this is a problem. They've identified it over the last year and it was discussed some at our national sleep meeting recently in Baltimore."
Dr. Smith goes on, "it can disrupt your sleep and lead to poor functioning the next day."
Dr. Smith says texts in the middle of the night, get in the way of sleep.
"How you function the next day is really dependent on the quantity and quality of the sleep you get the night before. A regular bedtime and enough sleep is very important to your long term health."
Dr. Smith says it's not a widespread problem, but it is one you may not realize you have.
"So if you do that and just fall right back to sleep, you will not remember that you have done it because you have to be awake five to six minutes in order to form a memory," said Smith.
Amy asked our sleep texter Jason, if he could guess the fix. "I guess its just put your phone away."
Dr. Smith says it's that simple. "I think that's the lesson for anyone who has this happen, that's the cure, it's pretty simple. Remove the electronics so that you can't inadvertently use it."
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