Heavy texting can lead to disrupted sleep patterns

New research indicates that excessive texting could lead to sleep problems and stressful friendships.

According to nydailynews.com, researchers from Washington and Lee University in Virginia studied students' texting habits and the impact this has on their lives.

They discovered that heavy texters (those who text more than 100 times a day) are most likely to suffer from disrupted sleep and have more stressful relationships with their friends, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Disrupted sleep patterns can cause a number of problems, especially to students who need to concentrate in class and perform well in exams. Those who are worried they are not getting enough sleep or are suffering from stress may benefit from speaking to a professional through, for example, a counselling course.

Researchers believe these sleeping problems are the result of people feeling the need to stay up late to text back their friends during the night. Many young people also place their phone beside the bed before they go to sleep, so when they are messaged during the night, the notification will likely wake them up.

Study author, Karla Murdock, said that students need to take a break from texting every once in a while.

"I think that we're all pretty reliant on our cellphone at this point and students have grown up with it being a very important part of their social lives," she said. "If you're texting a lot, that's actually work. It takes time. If you're feeling overloaded and also texting a lot, the texting might be adding to your burden."