Al Fin, You Sexy Thing!

15 June 2010

Don't Blame Me, I Was Asleep at the Time

As many as one in twelve persons -- mostly men -- may be engaging in sexual activity while they are asleep. The condition is known as "sexsomnia", and it may explain why men often have poor recall of the sexual events of the night before.
...researchers from the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University Health Network in Toronto, found the disorder was more common than previously thought.

In the study, which has not been published, researchers interviewed 832 patients who they suspected of suffering from some sort of sleep disorder.

The 428 men and 404 women, who had also been referred to the clinic, also completed questionnaires about their symptoms, fatigue, mood and behaviour during sleep.

The study, presented last week at the annual Associated Professional Sleep Societies conference, in San Antonio, Texas, found that more than one in 10 male and four per cent of female interviewees admitted they had engaged in “sleep sex”.

Dr Sharon Chung, a scientist from the UHN, said people who suffered from it generally had no recollection of engaging in such activity.

“We were surprised at how common it was. We thought we’d get just a handful of people, yet it was almost one in 12 (people),” said Dr Chung, who led the study.

“There have been no previous studies of how frequently sexsomnia occurs.”

“While our finding of eight per cent of people reporting sexsomnia seems really a high number, it should be stressed that we only studied patients referred to a sleep clinic.”

She added: “Is it a problem? As long as you don’t get into legal problems and as long as your partner doesn’t mind, it’s not a problem.

“Although it can leave you tired the next day.”

She said the phenomenon was a form of parasomnia, or unwanted behaviour during sleep.

It can also occur during sleepwalking, according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders.

Dr Chung said insomnia, fatigue and depressed moods were common symptoms of people reporting sexsomnia.

“An act of parasomnia can be as small as opening your eyes while fast asleep or grinding your teeth, to getting up and vacuuming, speaking, eating or having sex,” Dr Chung said.

It is thought that people are who suffer from it are generally found to be in a state of semi-arousal and are generally not conscious of it.

Dr Chung found that many patients failed to consult their doctor about the condition partly due to embarrassment, their physician rarely asking about it or even that some weren’t even bothered by it.

In Britain, the disorder has been used in some court cases as a defence of a defendant’s actions. _ImapctLabvia_TheTelegraph

Strangely, Al Fin often meets beautiful women strangers in public places who smile at him, obviously expecting some sign of recognition. In general the prudent thing to do in such situations, he has found, is to smile quickly, then move directly to the back door of whatever establishment he happens to be in, at the time, escaping what would likely be a perplexing encounter. Perhaps sexsomnia can explain at least some of these encounters?



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