Saturday, July 17, 2010

'Sleep Sex' Might Be Nightmare for Some

(HealthDay News) -- Sexsomnia -- having sex while asleep -- is a common complaint of patients seeking treatment for sleep disorders, new research shows.

Nearly 8 percent of patients referred to a sleep disorders clinic reported they had initiated or taken part in sexual behavior while sleeping. Men accounted for three-quarters of the self-reported sexsomniacs.

"We were surprised at how common it was," said study author Sharon A. Chung, a staff scientist in the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University Health Network in Toronto. "We thought we'd get just a handful of people, yet it was almost one in twelve."

The research was to be presented Monday at SLEEP 2010, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in San Antonio.

In the study, researchers asked 832 patients about sexual behavior while sleeping, which can range from masturbation to intercourse. About 11 percent of men and 4 percent of women said they had engaged in "sleep sex."

Researchers said the prevalence is probably lower in the general population. Read more...

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