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Information from “Sexsomnia" (Ch. 9) in Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day by Dr. Robert Rosenberg

It may sound far-fetched: Sex while sleeping? Is that even possible? In short, yes, it is. Sexsomnia is the name for the sleeping disorder that causes people to act out sexual behaviors while they are asleep, and often with no memory of it in the morning.

You probably have not heard of sexsomnia because those who experience sleep sex are too embarrassed to discuss odd sex behaviors with a family physician. Yet, sexsomnia events occur nightly, and those who experience them suffer from fear, fatigue, unclear thinking, and low-grade chronic stress. Are you one of these people?

sexsomnia symptoms Symptoms
The official list of sexsomnia behaviors includes:

  • sexual talk and vocalizations, like moaning or groaning
  • body movements such as oral sex, thrusting against or penetrating the anus or vagina, and full intercourse
  • sexual touching like fondling, masturbating one’s self or another

Note that these symptoms must happen while the person is asleep, and most frequently, the person will have no memory of the events when they wake the next morning.

sexsomnia dangers Dangers of Sexsomnia
It is absolutely essential to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing the symptoms related to sexsomnia so that you can receive appropriate treatment. While sexsomnia behaviors may start out as simply an uncomfortable occurrence between intimate partners, episodes can become violent and dangerous.

If ignored, sexsomnia behavior may lead to physical harm to the bed partner. There have been incidents where the police were called and legal action taken. Violence has also occurred in cases where the bed partner or a family member attempted to wake the sleeping person.

sexsomnia treatments Treatments
Eliminating other sleep disorders that may be triggering sexsomnia is the highest priority. If the determined cause is stress-related, exercise, better sleep hygiene (including an appropriate sleep schedule), or activities such as yoga or meditation will help. Certain medications, such as clonazepam, a form of benzodiazepine used to treat panic and anxiety disorders, can also help to alleviate symptoms.



Sleep Soundly Every Night by Dr. Robert Rosenberg

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If you are concerned that you may have sexsomnia, talk to your doctor immediately.

To learn more about sexsomnia and other disorders that might be disrupting your sleep, order Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day by specialist Dr. Robert Rosenberg.

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