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Sexsomnia: It’s more common than you think

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Sleep Education Archive  |  Jun 07, 2010
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The description is eye-opening, and the frequency sexsomnia occurs is even more surprising. New research presented at SLEEP 2010 suggests nearly eight percent of patients at sleep disorder clinics report having sex while asleep.

The prevalence of sexsomnia for men, at 11 percent, was nearly three times higher than for women.

The study is the first to examine the frequency of sexsomnia. The authors of the study stress the outcome only reflects patients at sleep clinics. They estimate the rate would be much lower among the general population.

Researchers reviewed a questionnaire filled out by 832 patients who were evaluated at sleep disorders clinics.

Only 4 patients complained of sexsomnia during a consultation with sleep specialists. However, 63 of the 832 reported the key symptoms of sexsomnia.

The parasomnia happens when a person unknowingly engages in sexual activity while asleep. According to the The International Classification of Sleep Disorders, Second Edition, published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sexsomnia predominantly occurs during confusional arousals and sleepwalking episodes.


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