June 07, 2010
Sexsomnia Sleep Disorder

Trying to have sex while you are asleep is a sexual sleep disorder. Who knew?

WESTCHESTER, IL Sexsomnia was reported by almost eight percent of patients at a sleep disorders center and was more common in men than women, according to a research abstract that will be presented Monday, June 7, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, at SLEEP 2010, the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

Results indicate that 7.6 percent of patients (63 of 832) at a sleep disorders center reported that they had initiated or engaged in sexual activity with a bed partner while asleep. The prevalence of reported sexsomnia was nearly three times higher in men (11 percent) than in women (four percent).

"There have been no previous studies of how frequently sexsomnia occurs," said co-investigator Sharon A. Chung, PhD, Sleep Research Laboratory staff scientist in the department of psychiatry at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. "While our finding of eight percent of people reporting sexsomnia seems really a high number, it should be stressed that we only studied patients referred to a sleep clinic. So, we would expect the numbers to be much lower in the general population."

Some people have this happen while sleep-walking. Got any ideas on how to deal with that one?

I'm thinking a more realistic online dating service should check for qualities that have heretofore been beyond the bounds of discussion in polite society. Guy got sexsomnia? He could get matched up with an insomniac nymphomaniac. He might not remember it the next morning. But she'll be happier.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 June 07 10:44 PM  Brain Sleep

sleep scientist said at June 8, 2010 3:27 PM:

I also always pretend I'm asleep.
Helps dull the pain of rejection, or reduces cuddle time afterwards.

Fat Man said at June 8, 2010 4:10 PM:

"Got any ideas on how to deal with that one?"

Marriage. After a few years, and a couple of children, their sex life ends.

Bruce said at June 8, 2010 4:48 PM:

Fat Man!! Awesome!!

MEC2 said at June 8, 2010 4:48 PM:

It's amazing what you'll find when you really want to find it...

Floyd R. Turbo said at June 8, 2010 5:10 PM:

it's amazing what one can do with Roofies or Ether.

FormerHostage said at June 9, 2010 5:50 AM:

The other part of the study asked married men if they masturbate. The results?
90% masturbate
10% lie

Mina said at June 11, 2010 12:18 PM:

I try to have sex with myself when I'm asleep. I can forget to wear any underwear, as I will without exception remove them during sleep. In younger years I would occasionally molest any bed partner.

Hitcliff J. said at May 31, 2011 1:05 AM:

wow, this topic really got me interested! a lot of people commit involuntary acts in their sleep such as walking or talking, this is common among many individuals. however, sexsomnia must be a rare disorder, cause no matter how many books on sleep disorders I read (here is a really good one http://bytesland.com/view/Sleep-and-Sleep-Disorders by the way), I've never come across sexsomnia. perhaps the reason is that people usually try to hide such things, cause it's too private...don't know. the title of this disorder reminds me some kind of XXX movies' titles anyway))) though sure thing it must be treated seriously, cause any sleeping disorder is really harmful.

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