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Sleep sex or sexsomnia is a form of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) parasomnia (similar to sleepwalking) that causes people to commit sexual acts while they are asleep. The first doctor to coin the term "Sleep sex" was Dr. David Saul Rosenfeld, a neurologist and sleep doctor from Los Angeles, California. The proposed medical diagnosis is NREM Arousal Parasomnia - Sexual Behaviour in Sleep, and is considered to be a distinct variant of sleepwalking/confusional arousals (ICSD 2). The condition was defined by three researchers from the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa in a paper called "Sexsomnia — A New Parasomnia?" published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry in June 2003. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A parasomnia is any sleep disorder such as sleepwalking, sleepeating, sleep sex, teeth grinding, night terrors, rhythmic movement disorder, REM behaviour disorder, restless leg syndrome, and somniloquy (or sleep talking), characterized by partial arousals during sleep or during transitions between wakefulness and sleep. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The University of Toronto (U of T) is a public research university in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... For the university in Ottawa, Kansas, see Ottawa University. ...


Sufferers are often aware of their behavior for a long time before they seek help, often because they are not aware that it is a medical disorder or for fear that others will judge it as willful behavior rather than a medical disorder. However, the reality of the condition has been confirmed by sleep disorder researchers who have made sound and video recordings of patients with the condition and observed unusual brain wave activity during the episodes similar to that experienced by other parasomniacs. It is a mind/body disconnect that occurs during sleep. In many cases it is a pre-cursor to neuromuscular disease[citation needed] and is treated with muscle relaxants and other medications. Neuromuscular disease is a very broad term that encompasses many diseases and ailments that either directly, via intrinsic muscle pathology, or indirectly, via nerve pathology, impair the functioning of the muscles. ... In medicine, a muscle relaxant is a drug that causes skeletal muscle contraction to cease. ...


The first research paper that suggested that sexual behavior during sleep may be a new type of parasomnia was published in 1996. Later, several papers were published describing the problem and suggested that problematic forms of sleep sex are medically treatable "conditions" (see external links).


Sexsomnia is not always problematic or extreme for those who experience it or for their partners. There is a great variety in both the frequency and levels to which people are affected by this disorder.

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Cases reported in the press

On 30 November 2005, a Toronto court acquitted a man of sexual assault after he was diagnosed with sleep sex disorder, although prosecutors have filed an appeal of the acquittal as of February 2006.[1] The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the acquittal on 7 February 2008 [2] is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sexual assault is any physical contact of a sexual nature without voluntary consent. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


In Britain a man from York was cleared of three counts of rape on 19 December 2005.[3] is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In Australia, a woman was reported as leaving her house at night and having sex with strangers while sleepwalking.[4]


In 2006 a British man, James Bilton, claimed to be suffering from sleep sex as a defence in a high profile sexual harassment case. However the defence was not accepted by the jury and the defendant went on to be convicted for a string of related sexual crimes.[5]


On 8 August 2007, a British RAF mechanic was cleared of a rape charge after the jury found him not responsible of his actions when he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.[6] is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Fictional cases

A case of this disorder is found in the episode "Role Model" of the television series House Season 1 Episode 17 . Role Model is the seventeenth episode of the first season of House. ... House, also known as House, M.D., is an American medical drama television series created by David Shore and executive produced by Shore and film director Bryan Singer. ...


An episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (season 9, episode 2, aired on October 2, 2007) called Avatar featured a suspect with this disorder. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 5 DVD Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU) is the first of three spin-offs of Law & Order (the other two being Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Trial by Jury; all series are presented on the NBC...


In Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man, a farmer claims to have suffered from sexsomnia and had sex with his daughter. Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1913[1] – April 16, 1994) was a scholar and writer. ... Invisible Man, a novel written by Ralph Ellison, chronicles the experiences and conflicts of identity in the unnamed narrator within the context of mid-twentieth-century America. ...


References

  1. ^ globeandmail.com: Globe Life
  2. ^ Ontario court upholds 'sexsomnia' acquittal
  3. ^ BBC NEWS | England | North Yorkshire | Sleepwalking man cleared of rape
  4. ^ Sleepwalking woman had sex with strangers - 15 October 2004 - New Scientist
  5. ^ BBC NEWS | England | North Yorkshire | Sleepwalking man cleared of rape
  6. ^ Man cleared of sleepwalk sex with 15-year-old | The Daily Telegraph

External links

For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... University of New Hampshire (UNH) is a public university in the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). ...

  Results from FactBites:
 
BBC News | HEALTH | 'Sleep sex' attacks warning (509 words)
"Sleep sex" is a term coined by US scientists to describe the phenomenon, which can cause people to commit sexual acts on themselves or their partners - while asleep.
They found that instead of passing through the normal five phases of sleep, each of which has a classic brain-wave pattern, patients affected by sleep sex had unusual patterns during one of the sleep phases or short interruptions in their sleep.
The sleep sex behaviour took place during these hiccups in the sleep cycle.
Sleep sex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (417 words)
These acts may be injurious to themselves or others, as in the case of a man who not only bruised himself with sleeping masturbation, but broke two fingers trying to escape restraints in which he had placed himself to control the behavior.
The (likely) first research paper that suggested that sexual behavior during sleep may be a new type of parasomnia was published in 1996.
On 30 November 2005, a Toronto court acquitted a man of sexual assault after he was diagnosed with sleep sex disorder [1], although prosecutors have filed an appeal of the aquittal as of February 2006.
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