Sleep Sex Disorder Information
Sleep sex disorder is a serious condition that is also known as Sexsomnia and banditing. With this condition, sleep and sex go hand in hand as individuals with this problem engage in sexual activity while in REM sleep. Not all sufferers of this disorder engage in actual intercourse. Masturbation, fondling, molestation, and even rape have been reported among Sexsomnia patients. While most people experience body immobilization during the REM cycle of sleep, those with a sleeping sex disorder do not experience this. Instead, they are fully mobile during sleep and will act out any sexual dreams they may have. While this problem can be embarassing for its sufferers, it can also be physically and emotionally damaging.
Up until recently, sleeping sex disorder was a problem that few people knew a lot about. Lately though, researchers have been taking steps to better understand the connection between sleep and sex. Most agree that this rare condition is caused by problems and miscommunications between brain waves during sleep.
If one thinks he or she may have a sleep disorder or a problem involving sex at sleep, there are certain signs and red flags that he or she should be on the look out for. If an individual has previously had bouts of sleepwalking or is a current sleepwalker, he or she is at a much higher risk for having problems with sex at sleep. Those who talk in their sleep or suffer from a sleep disorder, mostly notably sleep apnea, are also at risk. If one has any of these risk factors he or she should not consume alcohol before bed or allow oneself to become sleep deprived, as these factors can trigger or worsen the problem.
In order to be treated for this disorder, one must first undergo an intensive diagnostic process that involves keeping the patient overnight in a lab and conducting a polysomnography. If it is discovered that the individual does commit sexual acts while asleep, there are many treatment options he or she can pursue. If there is a separate sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, the individual will often get treatment for that underlying disorder to see if the sexual problem still persists. Counseling or psychotherapy sessions to determine any emotional causes or factors that may be contributing to the disorder are also beneficial for many patients. Recently, Clonazepam has also been prescribed to help treat this problem and stop episodes of sexual activity during sex.
It is believed that this disorder is the rarest of all sleep disorders and occurs very infrequently. However, researchers are now starting to debate whether the disorder is truly rare, or if its sufferers are simply unaware of the problem or aware of the problem but too embarassed to admit it to anyone. In most case, partners of individuals with this disorder are the first to discover that something is wrong. One should never feel ashamed to admit to having this problem as sleep sex disorder is a medical condition and not the fault of the sufferer.