‘Sexsomnia’: Studies Shed Light On Obscure ‘Sleep Sex’ Disorder

Don Crothers - Author

Sep. 8 2017, Updated 6:29 a.m. ET

Sexsomnia; what image does that word conjure up?

Although it’s poorly-understood among the general public, most have heard of insomnia, the classic can’t-sleep condition, but sexsomnia sounds like an excuse a teenager would come up with. However, according to a report from the Huffington Post, the condition may be significantly more prevalent than previously believed.

In fact, a study at the Toronto Western Hospital in Canada found that, out of 832 sleep center patients, some 7.6 percent experienced sexsomnia, a genuine condition that causes people to engage in sexual behaviors in their sleep, including making sexual noises, pelvic thrusting, masturbation, and intercourse.

And while many doctors have never even heard of it, researchers are beginning to study the condition more closely.

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