Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sexsomnia? Parasomnia? Have you heard of this?


Last month I was writing a short contemporary erotic romance story and plotting ideas with a good friend. I told my sprint buddy that my character was having issues with sleep-sex. My character is single in the beginning, and she's not happy about having this problem and won't talk to anyone, but it gets worse when she finally meets someone she'd like to be with.

Anyway, my friend said she'd recently read an article about sleep-sex and that in fact this was a real issue. Wow! I had no idea. It's sometimes called Parasomnia as well.

So I went home after our sprint session and researched Sexsomnia for my book. Once I understood what it was I knew I had to share this knowledge with others. Maybe someone you know has this and never knew it was a real problem.

Here is the definition of Sexsomnia in case you were still wondering what the heck. lol

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Sexsomnia is a newly identified and a rare medical condition where the sufferers engage in sexual behavior during their sleep. Sexsomnia is a discrete alternative of sleepwalking also known as sleep-sex that includes behaviors of sexual arousal with autonomic activation (e.g. erection and orgasms). Sexual Behaviors in sleep, sleep-sex, sexual behavior in sleep and sexsomnia all refer to sexual behaviors that occur during sleep.

Sometimes people who suffer of sexsomnia are aware of their problem and don't seek help. The complication is that it often goes unreported because of shame and embarrassment. Furthermore, little is known about this condition's demographics and clinical features. Persons who are romantically involved with those prone to sexsomnia are often aware of their partners' strange behavior.

Definition from: www.sexsomnia.info

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Wow! Can you imagine the complications this could create? Well I could imagine so I wrote the story DIAMONDS and it's being reviewed by a publisher right now. (crossing fingers)

Credit for the definition above goes to www.sexsomnia.info - Where you can learn more about this topic.

Ding. Ding. Ding. Sex class is now over... :-)

Dawn
www.dawnchartier.com

2 comments:

ursulawhistler.com said...

I'm going to link to this. It makes me so glad that I mentioned that to you! This is why we meet in person. The ideas that happen!

Dawn Chartier said...

Link away, Ursula. You said it. The ideas that happen. lol

Thanks!
Dawn