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Sexsomnia: A taboo sleep disorder that many are too embarrassed to discuss

Sleep sex, or sexsomnia, is a parasomnia that occurs during the slowest stage of sleep, leading to unconscious sexual behaviors. Cases include individuals engaging in sex acts, masturbation, and more without memory. Sleep disorders expert Dr. Carlos Schenck notes sexsomnia often goes unnoticed unless partners observe. A genetic component in parasomnias exists, benefiting from treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Medication like clonazepam can help control sexsomnia, but behavioral approaches are also effective. Education on sleep stages and hypnosis are useful tools in treating sexsomnia, aiming to reduce stress and improve sleep hygiene for better rest.


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