Researchers are starting to understand more about sexsomnia, a form of sleep disorder. Discover what causes people to have sex in their sleep and how to treat it. Though rare, sexsomnia is a recently recognized sleep disorder that causes you to have sex in your sleep.
Sexsomnia is a sleep disorder in which people have sex—or try to—while unconscious.
Carlos Schenck, a psychiatrist at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, and his colleagues have studied a number of behavioral disorders associated with sleep. Recently, he and his colleagues turned their focus to sex-related sleep disorders. They conducted computerized medical literature searches for studies published between and related to sleep and sexual behavior and looked through a number of sleep medicine textbooks.
Sexsomnia , also known as sleep sex , is a distinct form of parasomnia , or an abnormal activity that occurs while an individual is asleep. Sexsomnia is characterized by an individual engaging in sexual acts while in non rapid eye movement NREM sleep. Sexual behaviors that result from sexsomnia are not to be mistaken with normal nocturnal sexual behaviors, which do not occur during NREM sleep. Sexual behaviors that are viewed as normal during sleep and are accompanied by extensive research and documentation include nocturnal emissions , nocturnal erections , and sleep orgasms. Although they may appear to be fully awake, individuals who have sexsomnia often have no recollection of the sexual behaviors they exhibit while asleep. In some cases, a medical diagnosis of sexsomnia has been used as a criminal defense in court for alleged sexual assault and rape cases. Under DSM-5 criteria, there are 11 diagnostic groups that comprise sleep-wake disorders. These include, Insomnia disorder, Hypersomnolence disorder, Narcolepsy, Obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea, Central sleep apnea, Sleep-related hypoventilation, Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, Non—rapid eye movement NREM sleep arousal disorders, Nightmare disorder, Rapid eye movement REM sleep behavior disorder, Restless legs syndrome, and substance-medication-induced sleep disorder.
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