I've Been Tweeting in My Sleep

I recently started a new medication called Prazosin which is supposed to reduce night terrors and sleep anxiety.  I can't say for sure that it's doing it's job, but I do think that my sleep has been less stressful, and since I started it, I have only woken up in the middle of one panic attack, which is a huge improvement, as they were occurring about every other night.  I don't know however what side effects it may have and how it's really affecting my sleep.

On June 11th at 4:26 AM, I sent a tweet in my sleep.  I have absolutely no recollection of having sent this tweet, and for the life of me, I don't know what it's referring to.  Apparently though, I'd had a good idea and it would apply to my #newlife. Perhaps it's the new medication or perhaps it's just my subconscious trying to sort out my life and put me back on the right path.   

I only found that tweet that I had sent in my sleep after another night's sleep a few days later in which I'd had a dream of having something terribly important to say and putting it on Twitter.  The next morning I remembered the dream of tweeting, but couldn't remember what on earth it was that I'd had to say that was so important.  When I looked back through my tweets, I found that not only had I actually sent the tweet in my dream, but I had also sent the tweet on the 11th. What was so important that I had to tell the world?  "I'll bet it's on the Internet."  Wow, that's profound! At least I had the presence of mind to hashtag it #sleeptweeting so I'd know for sure I wasn't awake. 

I'm sure I'm not the only one that has tweeted in their sleep, but I find it slightly unnerving.  Having experienced major lapses of memory last year, anything that happens that I don't recollect raises my anxiety.  Not trusting myself in my sleep, I checked again on the 16th only to find that I had sent another tweet in my sleep, and this one I didn't remember having a dream about.  "I am a battlefield of sleep and consciousness."  I wonder what on earth I was thinking about in my dreams to come up with that. 

I should probably be more worried about this and make sure that I don't have access to my phone while I'm sleeping, but to be honest, I'm not really concerned with what ends up on Twitter. I haven't found a sense of community on Twitter like I have on Instagram or Facebook. I think it's probably because I get very little response from my tweets.  That gives me more of a feeling of anonymity, so  I'm more likely to post things on Twitter that I wouldn't post on Facebook. It just feels less personal, so I worry less about what "audience" my content is going to.  

Twitter is also a catch-all.  It seems like every service has a "post to Twitter also" feature, so by default it just gets loaded with every Instagram photo, Foursquare check-in, every blog post I publish, every public post on Path, every video I publish on Vimeo or YouTube, and you get the picture. My Twitter feed is a jumbled mess of automated posts.

I'm reminded of something I once heard in the business world a long time ago. "If it looks like it wasn't written by a human it won't get read by a human."  Maybe that's part of why I don't get a lot of interaction. 

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