Sexsomnia is a sleep disorder that makes the person who suffers from it experience excitement and can even have sex while asleep.
Sexsomnia is classified within parasomnias or abnormal behaviors during sleep. It is also known as sexual sleepwalking.
Main characteristics of sexsomnia
This disorder is one of the known types of sleepwalking. Sleepwalkers may perform activities such as walking, talking, or eating while fully asleep, without remembering anything they do when they wake up the next day.
In the case of sexsomnia, the person experiences sexual arousal, even masturbating or having sex with their partner while asleep.
This is because in the first phase of sleep, when there is still no REM activity in the brain, the human body is able to maintain activity in certain areas and the endocrine system can keep functioning.
In this state, the patient may experience emotions and their genitals and erogenous zones may respond to them. At the same time, the parts of the nervous system that control memory, volition, and rational thought remain inactive.
Possible causes of sexsomnia
As this is an extremely rare disorder, its causes have not been determined with precision, however, the investigations carried out to date have concluded that there are factors that can cause this type of behavior.
Chronic fatigue, lack of sleep, stress or anxiety, excessive alcohol or drug use, psychological disorders of sexual origin, and certain previous sleep conditions such as obstructive apnea, can trigger episodes of sexsomnia. p>
According to data from the World Health Organization, only 2 percent of the world population suffers from this disorder on a regular basis, so it cannot be considered a public health problem.
Effects of sexsomnia
Despite being a rare condition and in many cases sporadic, sexsomnia can lead to more serious mental problems and affect the sexual and affective relationships of people who suffer from it.
Because it is a completely unconscious behavior, many of those who experience it may be unaware of its existence, until their partner or the person who shares the room tells them.
This can produce in those who suffer from it attitudes of denial, and even violent reactions, with the consequent subsequent conflicts in their affective relationships.
The current treatment of sexsomnia
Being a sleep disorder, the treatment of sexsomnia is similar to that of other similar pathologies and includes controlled medication by a specialist doctor in the area.
It is important for the treatment that the patient maintain adequate sleep habits, such as going to bed at a set time, avoiding television and cell phones in bed, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.< /p>
It is also necessary to avoid self-medication, since drug abuse without medical supervision can worsen the condition and negatively affect the patient's condition.
The immediate environment of the patient, partner and close relatives, should be actively involved in the treatment, since they are directly affected by the affected person's condition.
In all cases, constant communication between the patient and their partner or close family environment should be encouraged.Reducing the factors that increase stress and anxiety, and in general trying to maintain a stable and healthy rhythm of life, should be objectives that are proposed to be achieved by each other to avoid the negative consequences that this condition can generate