Many Sleep Disorders Can Involve Sexual Behaviors

Sleep Disorders: Insomnia

Daytime Sleepiness

Abnormal sexual activities during sleep — known as “sexsomnia” or “sleepsex” — include anything from moaning to masturbating to making sexual advances toward a bed partner, all while in a state somewhere between deep sleep and wakefulness. Sexsomnia is officially recognized as a subtype of parasomnia, a group of disorders that includes sleepwalking, sleep talking and night terrors, among others. But abnormal sexual behaviors can affect people with a wide range of sleep-related disorders, according to the new report, published in the journal Sleep. Inappropriate sexual behaviors have been described in people with sleep disorders as diverse as parasomnias, severe insomnia and restless legs syndrome. In some cases, the sexual behaviors are not sexsomnia, but occur during waking hours, explained Dr. Carlos H. Schenck, the lead author of the report and a senior staff psychiatrist at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Minneapolis.
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Sleep disorder multiplies depression risk

If the sleeplessness continues, the individual will likely demonstrate marked decrease in emotional responses, as well as slower speech, difficulty with memory, and an increasingly difficult time with multitasking. This will be followed by what is known as “microsleeps,” which consist of very short (five to 10 seconds, on average) bouts of inattentiveness or nodding off, which can be extremely dangerous if the individual is driving or operating machinery, or perhaps holding an infant. Lastly, hypnogogic hallucinations will likely begin to affect the individual. These hallucinations can be quite vivid and may include multiple or all senses. They are often associated with narcolepsy, another sleep disorder, and may also account for more than half of all UFO reports. Sleep Disorder Causes The individual needs for sleep vary from person to person, but an average, healthy adult is usually able to handle about 16 hours of being awake each day.
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More than 80% of the people who reported classic symptoms such as snorting or gasping for breath on most nights of the week had never received an official diagnosis. This group, too, had a threefold higher risk of depression compared to people who had no trouble breathing at night. 12 surprising causes of depression “We’re underdiagnosing this problem,” says Carl Boethel, M.D., a sleep specialist at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in Temple, who was not involved in the study. “Physicians in the sleep community and in the psychiatric community need to do a better job of screening and getting effective treatment.” Coffee may lower risk of depression Sleep apnea and related problems occur when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, restricting breathing. The disorder can be caused by several factors, including oversized tonsils, the structure of a person’s airway, or excess fat surrounding the windpipe. Sleep apnea is closely associated with obesity, a fact the researchers took into account by controlling for body mass index in their analysis. The study, which appears in the April issue of the journal SLEEP, is the first of its kind to look at a representative cross-section of the U.S.
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