CLAYTON, MO. (KTVI) – Dr. Joseph Ojile says smart phones are causing teens to do some dumb things.
'We've done some work in schools and anywhere from 40 to 60% of these children even in junior high are starting to sleep with their technology,' says Dr. Joseph Ojile the founder of the Clayton Sleep Institute
Devices are next to their beds and heads, and now being connected is causing some to sleep text.
'It all will wait till the morning,' says Ojile.
Ojile says teens are texting unconsciously in the middle of the night and the bedroom has become a media center.
'It’s being invaded in a way, on their own, with computers, cell phones, laptops, notebooks, TV`s and it's highly disruptive to sleep and fragmenting their sleep time,' explains Ojile.
For anyone entering REM sleep who responds to the beep of a text, chances are you won't remember it the next morning.
'It can become an issue of safety but also can become an issue of damaging relationships cause you're saying things you don't remember and may not have meant,' says Ojile.
So remember, while your alarm clock is tick tocking, stop the texting.
'No technology?' asks Patrick Clark.
'No technology,' says Ojile. 'Except for an alarm clock. Was Superman right? You need your fortress of solitude so you set that structure up.
And shut your phone down for a good eight hours.