OhioHealth Sleep Services Expert Says Sleep Texting is an Increasing Problem

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Central Ohio Sleep Physician Dr. Jim Fulop provides information on sleep texting disorder, especially how it is affecting teens

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OhioHealth Sleep Services physician Dr. Jim Fulop says sleep texting disorder is on the rise in Central Ohio and around the country.

“Sleep texting disorder is an increasing problem, especially among teens,” said Dr. Fulop. “Sleep texting is when a person sends text messages throughout the night while asleep and wakes up with no recollection of sending those texts.”

Texting is prevalent among teens. Recent studies have shown that the average teen spends an hour and a half texting each day, and one in three teens sends more than 100 text messages per day.

“Because technology is such a part of our daily lives, people have trouble separating from it at night,” said Dr. Fulop. “People reach for their phones while sleeping because it is such a habit.”

Sleep texting disorder prevents people from falling into a deep sleep, which greatly impacts their quality of sleep. Not getting enough quality sleep can lead to many problems, including moodiness, a lack of concentration and impaired problem solving and reasoning. Long-term effects of a lack of quality sleep include obesity, high blood pressure and depression.

“To prevent sleep texting, keep your cell phone out of reach when you sleep, or at least turn it off before you go to bed,” said Dr. Fulop. “You’ll be able to reap the benefits from a better night’s sleep.”

For more information on OhioHealth Sleep Services, visit http://getsleepsmart.com.

About OhioHealth Sleep Services
With 11 convenient locations in Central Ohio and children's services offered at both the Upper Arlington and Delaware offices, OhioHealth Sleep Centers provide a safe, compassionate environment where sleep disorders are diagnosed and effective treatment recommended. Board Certified Sleep Physicians provide care at each location and diagnose and treat sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and insomnia.

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