Sexsomnia – Risk Factors and Treatments September 16, 2018 – Posted in: News

Sexsomnia is better known as “sleep sex” and is part of the category of sleep disorders known as “parasomnias”. If you’ve ever had to deal with this, you know that it can cause depression and shame in individuals. Considering that it’s an actual medical condition, however, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed if you’re humping your wife during sleep. For those who are not in a committed relationship, the burden is very heavy, but they shouldn’t despair – sexsomnia can be treated.

Risk Factors

• It’s been theorised that sexsomnia is a side-effect of having a form of epilepsy that takes place during sleep. In this light, the pelvic thrust that’s associated with the “humping” of your partner isn’t even sex-related, but a sort of fit that’s caused by epilepsy.

• Certain drugs for treating insomnia, especially when abused, can cause symptoms that resemble sexsomnia.

• A variety of sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnea. In this case, the pelvic thrust occurs when the individual experiences an obstruction in the air flow toward the lungs or out of them.

• Alcohol and drugs, although they are not the exclusive culprits, can worsen the symptoms.

• Genetic factors (parents that suffered from somnambulism, for example). This is just a speculation, though, and there is no concrete evidence that sexsomnia is a genetic sleep disorder.

Now that we have a however good understanding of what could potentially trigger this condition, we have to address the treatments that have proven to be effective in alleviating the symptoms or getting rid of them completely.

Treatments for Sexsomnia

One of the best medications for the sleep sex disorder is the benzodiazepine Klonopin. Due to the fact that this is a benzodiazepine, you won’t be able to get it unless it’s been prescribed to you by a doctor, either a general physician or a psychiatrist.

If your sexsomnia is caused by epilepsy, anti-convulsants might work well on you (Klonopin is used for preventing seizures, as well).

In order to find out whether you have sleep-related epilepsy or not, you should make an appointment with a neurologist and get an electroencephalogram.

Because chronic stress and generalised anxiety are also considered potential causes, dealing with those might get you sexsomnia-free. Over-the-counter anxiolytics could be very helpful.

Sexsomnia has to be diagnosed by a doctor, so there’s no way for you to get treatment for it if you self-diagnose on WebMD or other similar websites.

Conclusion

If you suffer from sexsomnia, especially the form that’s triggered by epilepsy, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed or frustrated, because it’s not your fault and no, you’re not obsessed with sex.

Like the vast majority of conditions, it can be treated. We know that it can be jarring to be asked “What the hell were you doing?” every morning, but again, it’s something you have no control over.

Seek professional help if this is something that concerns you or your partner.

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