Sexsomnia: Abnormal sexual behavior during sleep

Sexsomnia: Abnormal sexual behavior during sleep

Author Andersen, Monica L. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Poyares, Dalva Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Alves, Rosana S. C. Google Scholar
Skomro, Robert Google Scholar
Tufik, Sergio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Univ Saskatchewan
Abstract This review attempts to assemble the characteristics of a distinct variant of sleepwalking called sexsomnia/sleepsex from the seemingly scarce literature into a coherent theoretical framework. Common features of sexsomnia include sexual arousal with autonomic activation (e.g. nocturnal erection, vaginal lubrication, nocturnal emission, dream orgasms). Somnambulistic sexual behavior and its clinical implications, the role of precipitating factors, diagnostic, treatment, and medico-legal issues are also reviewed. the characteristics of several individuals described in literature including their family/personal history of parasomnia. as well as the abnormal behaviors occurring during sleep are reported. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords sleep disorder
parasomnia
sexsomnia
sleepsex
atypical sexual behavior
sleep deprivation
sleep apnea
drugs
alcohol
stress
Language English
Date 2007-12-01
Published in Brain Research Reviews. Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., v. 56, n. 2, p. 271-282, 2007.
ISSN 0165-0173 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 271-282
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresrev.2007.06.005
Access rights Closed access
Type Review
Web of Science ID WOS:000252176700001
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/30179

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