Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), a neurological condition marked by the inability to control leg movements, afflicts up to 10% of the US and UK population.
“Unpleasant sensations” such as tingling, itching and overall twitching are associated with RLS, and it is suspected the condition results from an imbalance of dopamine, the “hormonal messenger” that activates pleasure and reward centers in the brain. Causes of RLS are not precisely known, but there has been some success in treating it with dopamine enhancing medications.
Researchers have discovered a new, low-cost way to alleviate symptoms of RLS, however- wanking. Masturbation, or perhaps ideally sex, researchers suspect, raises dopamine levels and acts in ways similar to treatment with these medications. The study is not the first to single out fapping as a potential treatment for certain conditions, and studies have noted the link between spanking it and dopamine responses:
An orgasm provides one of the biggest natural blasts of dopamine available to us. When Gert Holstege at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and colleagues scanned the brains of ejaculating men, he said the resulting images resembled scans of heroin rushes.
Researchers say one patient was able to achieve a full night’s sleep using the therapy to relieve his symptoms. The treatment was profiled in the journal Sleep Science.