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Sexomnia Sleep Disorder

Word du Jour: Sexomnia

A new sleep disorder was proposed today at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies — sexomnia. It may sound like sex-induced insomnia, but it's actually sex initiated while sleeping, like the weird, Ambien-induced eating binges or sleepwalking.

Fortunately, there are no reports (yet) of people walking out the door and looking for sex. Among 832 people surveyed at a sleep disorder clinic, so not the general population, 7.6 percent had sexomnia or "sleep sex" with partners already in their beds. More often men than women, sexomniacs don't remember having sex, and their partners often don't realize they're asleep.

It affects people the same way other sleep disorders do, with fatigue and moodiness being the most common complaints. Too bad sleep sex doesn't have the same effect as awake sex — maybe some people would get some sleep.

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Wow, I knew a guy who 'suffered' from sexomnia. It was in high school, he and I were sharing a bed and he started coming on to me- he had a girlfriend- I should have said no but he was hung. He felt like shit when he realized what was happening. But he did have the courtesy to finish me off.
Gawjuslayd Gawjuslayd 7 years
I think it is great to finally come to a head with what this condition is caused. After all, boys and men get wet dreams- so it is about time that they make those dreams a reality. If this is the case I will ask my boyfriend to sleep longer!
Cupcake0110 Cupcake0110 7 years
Is that like Hubble in The Way We Were?
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I've actually read about this where women believe they are being raped by their husbands/boyfriends/whatever because they say no to a "sleeping" person that doesn't respond to their refusal, but the bed partner has absolutely no recollection of doing it. exchequette, that's hilarious!
chequettex chequettex 7 years
So THIS is what my husband has! Well, a mild case of it. It's happened a couple of times. He'll be asleep, and I'll be sleeping too, he'll ask (non-verbally, of course) for a ... certain sexual favor starting with an h. and a j. At first I thought he was waking me up to do this! And I'm kinda asleep, so I'm doing whatever and I don't think about how inconsiderate it is until I'm really awake, and by then HE's awake too and we're both like "what's going on???" It's kinda funny. Kinda.
janneth janneth 7 years
Be careful when you share a bed with a friend.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Oh, man...first I read that title and thought it said 'sexmania'. Then I thought, 'oh, crap...I have that...'
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