Emailing in Your Sleep: Somnabulance 2.0
Do you email so often that you could do it in your sleep? Maybe you do. An article is about to be published which details an incident of sleep-emailing.
This is notweorthy because, previously, sleepwalking (somnambulance) was understood to only involve gross motor functions, such as walking or moving objects. There have, though, been cases of driving whilst asleep, but nothing as fine as typing. Or clicking "send".
As such, any crime comitted whilst asleep was considered an act of non-insane automatism.
While logging into one's email, composing a missive, and then sending it to a particular recipient would suggest a higher level of cognition, though.
Having said that, most people would find entering their password to be an extension of muscle memory. Still, selecting a recipient, and typing actual conent into the email woudl require some sort of thought or decisionmaking.
An article that will soon appear in the journal Sleep Medicine, detailing the experience of a sleepwalker, shows that we can send messages even when we seem to be sound asleep.
Dr. Siddiqui told me that the patient had come to a sleep clinic, deeply concerned about what other regrettable things she might be capable of doing while sleepwalking. Dr. Siddiqui was surprised by the patient’s somnambulant ability; while staying at a relative’s house, she started the computer, used a password to log on to the operating system, loaded software to reach the e-mail service and then used her username and password to access the e-mail system.
(found via Techdirt)