Textual Healing: Sleep Texting

Sleep textingText messaging might be the easiest and most convenient way to send a note to your friends, but when it comes to communicating with a guy, it can be anything but simple. Whether his messages are short and sweet or lengthy and in-depth, you’re usually left wondering: what is he really trying to say? And even worse, how do I respond? Here at Crushable we want to help you sift through all the subtext and emerge, textually healed.

I woke up Saturday morning with a strange feeling. Was I really texting with a guy last night, or was it a dream? A quick peek at my phone confirmed it: I had been texting in my sleep. Has this ever happened to you?

Of course, I know better than to say yes to late night invitations when I’m already asleep, but I have a problem completely ignoring them if they wake me up. Generally, the buzz of my phone will wake me up, I’ll notice the text, and I’ll respond in some way that will either be complete gibberish or will make clear that I am asleep (“too bad I’ve been asleep for the last hr”). Still, my text suitors frequently don’t like taking “No, I’m asleep,” as an answer. The result is some sort of weird back-and-forth that I sleepily fudge my way through. The conversation usually ends when I just fall back asleep mid-conversation — if the guy doesn’t get ballsy and decide to call me to make really wake me up. That conversation usually starts with something like, “If you had just woken up and come over here when I first texted you, you’d have been here by now.” My parents are so proud of me right now.

The next morning, I wake up utterly confused, kicking myself for responding at all. Recently, I’ve gotten better about ignoring texts that wake me up. But, it occurs to me that maybe I should just shut my phone off. This idea really bothers me, because I always want to be accessible in case something horrible happens to my family or friends in the middle of the night. Like this one time in college when the townhouse next to ours caught on fire and I was at my boyfriend’s apartment. My roommate called to give me a heads up and let me know that everyone was okay. I need to leave my phone on at all times — in case of fire.

But fire does not mean late night booty texts. And I’m starting to learn to put up or shut up — meaning just ignoring said texts until the next morning unless I’m in the mood to wake up and go out. If I do ignore, I send this type of message the next morning: “You have to stop texting me while I’m asleep.” And then, not surprisingly, I get this is reply: “You have to stop texting me before noon on Saturday and Sunday!!”

Maybe I just need to meet guys who have the same sleep schedule as me.

Have you ever texted in your sleep? Ever woken up to a hilarious text message conversation you don’t remember? Do you leave your phone on at night or turn it off? Leave your stories in the comments below, or send them to submissions AT crushable.com, and you might see them featured in an upcoming Textual Healing.

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    • mjness13

      I always leave my phone on at night for the same reasons. I need to be able to be accessible to my family and friends at all times. I don’t have a house phone in my apartment, so my cell phone is my only source of communication. But I have friends that will text me at 2am asking me if I did our homework assignment that’s due at 9am. Silly things like that which are completely pointless but I need to suffer through them in order to know my loved ones are safe.

    • apres ski

      Let’s hear it for landlines!!! I make sure the batteries are new and working because when the phones rings, I want to be able to see who’s calling. Thank god for Caller ID! Too many times I’ve almost been caught in a lie when in fact, I was at home, glanced down at the ID & realized I’m just not going to answer that. Nice!

      People still think cell phones/smart phones are the end all but, I’m here to tell you when the cell towers go out or there’s a short at RIM, your landline is the greatest thing in the world. I have both, use both & wouldn’t think of having a place to live without either!!

      • Amanda Ernst

        So smart! Sadly, I don’t have a landline…don’t want to pay extra for it…and I know lots of people who don’t have one either. But if I did, I would totally turn off my cell at night. I do that a lot when I go home to visit my parents.

        Also, a few weeks ago when my parents were without power/cable due to the Nor’easter, their landlines were all down so the only way we could talk was via cell, which they charged in their cars! That’s really roughing it in the new millennium.

    • stephanie ann

      my boyfriend is claiming tht he has this and is txting me and last nite he actually was saying we were breaking up…i was crying and then he actually said “what just happened…i just woke up and read my mesages in my inbox” i dont know if i can belive this or not..

    • Brittney Jones

      The first time I slept texted(to my knowledge) was a couple weeks or a month ago. I woke up to a text and was having a conversation with someone and I looked in my inbox to check old texts adn saw a text I didnt remember getting so I check in my replied and there it was. xD
      And just now I woke up and a text from my inbox was missing and in my sent it showed I texted someone good night(after I had already said it an hour earlier).
      I really want to stop it. :/