Sex While Sleeping: Sexsomnia

Who knew? From the New York Times:

Some people sleepwalk; others talk in their sleep. Now a study finds that 1 in 12 patients with sleep disorders reported having had sex while they were asleep.

Researchers reviewed the medical charts of 832 consecutive patients seeking help at a Toronto sleep center and found that 63 patients, or 7.6 percent, reported either having had sex or engaging in other sexual activity, like masturbating, while asleep.

The phenomenon, called sexsomnia, is a form of parasomnia, a disorder in which people who are asleep but in a state of semi-arousal engage in behaviors they are not conscious of. Sexsomnia is defined by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and may take place during a sleepwalking episode.

The study, which has not yet been published, is among the first to try to quantify how prevalent sexsomnia is among patients with sleep problems. (An abstract was to be presented Monday in San Antonio at Sleep 2010, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.)…

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  • justagirl

    “aaahh! bed sure feels good.”
    “yeah. i'm exhausted.”
    “lol. got your condom on honey?”
    “yep.”
    “ok. sleep tight.”
    “you too hon.”
    xo

  • Connie Dobbs

    Sounds like the same excuse every man has given me when I wake up to mr willy trying to tear my flower to shreds.

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Both my girlfriend and I have parasomnial disorders. She has night terrors (to the degree where she has had neighbors worried she is being murdered). I have rare sexsomnia. Thankfully, the two disorders have yet to occur at the same time as far as we remember.

    I will say that sexsomnia is not especially fun, partly because I rarely remember it has happened (it has only once or twice initiated actual sex) and partly because it is mortifying to have a loved one wake you to inform you what you were just doing. Aside from infrequently talking in my sleep and the occasional insomnia, I have no other sleep disorder.

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Both my girlfriend and I have parasomnial disorders. She has night terrors (to the degree where she has had neighbors worried she is being murdered). I have rare sexsomnia. Thankfully, the two disorders have yet to occur at the same time as far as we remember.

    I will say that sexsomnia is not especially fun, partly because I rarely remember it has happened (it has only once or twice initiated actual sex) and partly because it is mortifying to have a loved one wake you to inform you what you were just doing. Aside from infrequently talking in my sleep and the occasional insomnia, I have no other sleep disorder.

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  • Cat

    This was interesting because my husband and I often wake up during the night in the middle of having sex. There is times that we wake up during, and there is times that we wake up in the morning asking each other “did we have sex last night?” It has never been a bad thing for us, we actually thought is was quite normal until during guy talks with his friends, nobody else could relate!
    I have 2 different types of sleep disorders that I have been diagnosed with, but my husband has never had a sleep disorder that he has been diagnosed with… just maybe we both have a new sleep disorder, but we are okay with it!

  • Cat

    This was interesting because my husband and I often wake up during the night in the middle of having sex. There is times that we wake up during, and there is times that we wake up in the morning asking each other “did we have sex last night?” It has never been a bad thing for us, we actually thought is was quite normal until during guy talks with his friends, nobody else could relate!
    I have 2 different types of sleep disorders that I have been diagnosed with, but my husband has never had a sleep disorder that he has been diagnosed with… just maybe we both have a new sleep disorder, but we are okay with it!

  • Jade

    i have been wakeing up during the night having sex with my boyfriend he says i wake im up haveing sex with him ,at first i thought its him , this has only happend 4 times does this mean i suffer from sexsomnia?

  • Jade

    i have been wakeing up during the night having sex with my boyfriend he says i wake im up haveing sex with him ,at first i thought its him , this has only happend 4 times does this mean i suffer from sexsomnia?

  • Jade

    i have been wakeing up during the night having sex with my boyfriend he says i wake im up haveing sex with him ,at first i thought its him , this has only happend 4 times does this mean i suffer from sexsomnia?

  • Sand

    i’m new to all this. the first time this happened to me was about 12 month ago i was dreaming i was haveing sex with stacy slater out of eastenders lol. but why i was dreaming all this i was rubbing my girlfriend up and comeing on to her then i desided to get on top of my girlfriend thinking it was stacey. and way started haveing sex with my girlfriend. and i came out my dream and woke my self up and i thort what the fuck this is not stacey .and then i roled over and went bk to sleep and denide all knowlege of it the next morning . i diddent dare tell her i thort i was banging stacey lol

    but it happend a few other time since then with some of the girl i know i like to have sex with .but again the next morning i say i carn’t remember lol hope this help with some of your activative what we tend to have a night

  • Sand

    i’m new to all this. the first time this happened to me was about 12 month ago i was dreaming i was haveing sex with stacy slater out of eastenders lol. but why i was dreaming all this i was rubbing my girlfriend up and comeing on to her then i desided to get on top of my girlfriend thinking it was stacey. and way started haveing sex with my girlfriend. and i came out my dream and woke my self up and i thort what the fuck this is not stacey .and then i roled over and went bk to sleep and denide all knowlege of it the next morning . i diddent dare tell her i thort i was banging stacey lol

    but it happend a few other time since then with some of the girl i know i like to have sex with .but again the next morning i say i carn’t remember lol hope this help with some of your activative what we tend to have a night

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