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Though it may sound weird, sleep orgasm is a thing. When guys have them, they are called nocturnal emission or wet dreams.
Though it may sound weird, sleep orgasm is a thing. When guys have them, they are called nocturnal emission or wet dreams.
But what about women? Yes, women also experience sleep orgasm, though there is no specific term to describe the same.
 
What exactly is a sleep orgasm?
 
Sleep orgasms are the orgasms where one wakes up climaxing. The phenomenon is common in women and men during puberty, adolescence and the time when later in life they are not sexually active.
 
Are they for real?
 
Sleep orgasms are actual physical orgasm, say experts. Interestingly, most remember their erotic dreams right after waking up. While men will have physical evidence of an orgasm (wet dreams), women only have the memory and the jittery feeling.
 
Sleep orgasm and women
 
Because women only remember having an erotic dream, sleep orgasm can be confusing for them. If it has happened to you, you would remember the feeling and know if it was just a dream, or if you really had a climax.
 
Data
 
A 1986 study published in the Journal of Sex Research found that 37 per cent women have experienced at least one sleep orgasm.
 
What makes it possible?
 
Our bodies are in a paralyzed state during the rapid eye movement (REM), when sleep orgasms are most likely to occur. But during REM, your brain is technically still on and thus you can feel an orgasm. All the major brain systems become activated during orgasm, like a storm in the brain.
 
Study
 
As we mentioned above, for men there is a proof (wet dream) but for women, the proof is only internal. Researchers in 1983 measured the physiological changes that occurred when a woman orgasmed in her sleep. They found the heart rate of these women went up from 50 to 100 beats per minute and the breaths increased from 12 to 22 per minute. The vaginal blood flow also increased.
 
During the REM sleep, you have increased blood flow in your erectile tissue and in women, it’s in their clitoral complex. Your brain recognises you have more blood flow in those tissues and it can lead to sexual arousal.
 
Sometimes it’s easier to reach orgasm in your dream than in real life
 
There are women who cannot orgasm in real life but can in their sleep. It’s because for women the act of orgasm involves both mentally and physically stimulation. If a woman feels uncomfortable due to any reason, it can be difficult for her to orgasm. Since during sleep, there is no discomfort, she can have pure, unadulterated fun.
 
There is not much research on the topic and whatever little there is, does not have much relevance since sleep orgasm cannot be easily studied in a lab. Anyone who has had a sleep orgasm knows it is damn unpredictable.
 
Sleep orgasm mostly happen with a sex dream
 
It’s possible that a sex dream can increase the blood flow of the erectile tissues, even more, leading to orgasm and erection. It can also happen the opposite way, the increased blood flow can actually prompt a sex dream, which can lead to an orgasm.
 
Sometimes they aren’t as satisfactory
 
Women have reported if they woke-up mid orgasm and can’t remember their sex dream, it can make them feel anxious and leave them unsatisfied.
 
Some sleep positions can lead to a sex dream
 
A study conducted in 2012 and published in the journal Dreaming found that sleeping on the stomach is associated with having sex dreams. It does make sense because in this position there is more contact between your bed and your penis/pubes/clitoris, which might turn you on.
 
Sleep orgasm is completely normal
 
Sleep orgasm is like a gift to your brain. You do not need to feel guilty or weird about them at all. Also, this definitely does not mean you are lacking sex in your life.
 
But you don’t need to try one
 
You cannot force sleep orgasm even if you want to. Maybe you try and think of sexy thoughts before bed and sleep on your stomach, but none of this can prompt a sleep orgasm. If you get one, celebrate it, if you don’t, do not stress about it.
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