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Sexomnia, a rare kind of sleepwalking

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Sexomnia -sleep sex in English — is a parasomnia or sleep disorder that makes a person capable of having sex while sleeping, and waking up not remember absolutely nothing of their behavior.
It is something similar to what happens to Chinas people, which rise from the bed, walk, talk, or perform other kinds of actions during sleep, and they are not aware of their actions, in this case the disorder is related to the sexual activity of the individual while remains asleep.
The sexomnia is very rare but real, and many of those affected do not arrive to check out of shame or fear to be judged, or because they do not understand that it is a medical problem. Experts estimate that 10% of adults with parasomnia present this atypical sexual behavior during sleep. Thus, if we consider that only about 1 or 2% of the adult population suffers from parasomnia, we will see that it is a very rare condition.

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of the sexomnia

Sexomnia, which was recognized as a non-REM sleep disorder does little more than ten years, normally the couple of the affected detects it in the first place, or who live with him, when they look at their characteristic symptoms: masturbation, groans, and deal with the couple for sexual intercourse, usually aggressively.
Typical symptoms of the sexomnia are masturbation, groans, and the pursuit of sexual relationship, normally aggressive character, during sleep
To reach the diagnosis, specialist begins by questioning the patient and his partner, and if confirmed intercourse during sleep unless the patient has consumed drugs, alcohol, or any substance that could alter their behavior or memories, is made a polysomnography, a test used to diagnose sleep disorders, and that registers brain activity and eye movements of the patient asleep.
Currently the sexomnia causes, are unknown, although studies indicate that it is more common in males, and especially in those with a history of night terrors or sleepwalking during childhood and adolescence. The disorder can be treated with drugs and psychological therapy, always under the supervision of a specialist, but the results vary widely from one patient to another.
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