People are texting their exes and buying stuff in their sleep

Teenager using a mobile phone on her bed (Photo by: Godong/UIG via Getty Images)

Andrew Watson, 26, was so good in the co-ordination of international affairs that he did it in his sleep.

“I would fall asleep with my work phone next to my head [than sending e-mails], and have no memory to do it,” Watson, who worked for a cloud computing company, tells The Post. “It was really bad” — so bad that the San Francisco resident once woke up to discover that he had signed off on a million-dollar deal.

According to a new report from the Villanova University, sleep-texting is a growing problem among young men and women. Scientists examined 372 students and found that nearly a quarter of them reported texting in their sleep — and 72 percent of the sleep-texters do not remember their midnight, especially in the light of the day.

“I think it’s more common than we realize,” says lead study author Elizabeth Dowdell, who was inspired by the research of the phenomenon when she heard undergrads to discuss.


Fortunately for Watson, who now works for a primary care startup, there were no negative consequences for the deal he signed. Still, he was surprised when the agreement was brought up at a meeting and he had no recollection of.

“I will have my credit ‘sleep career for yourself with a relatively economical corporate finance partner,” Watson says with a laugh, and explained that he was probably bounded by “corporate muscle-memory.”

Andrew Watson to cut cases by the text in his sleep.

Not all sleep-texters are as articulate as Watson, though.

“The first time that I realized that I [sleep texting], I was texting the boy who is now my friend,” says Madeleine Hamingson, 23, a New York native currently living in LA. “I would the text, such as these insane things,” she says, pointing at her messages were often crap about pets. “It feels like a drunk text.”

To read more of this story in the New York Post, where it was published for the first time, click here.

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