Saturday, June 2, 2007


Lust never sleeps

‘Researchers are seeking to formally classify a new family of abnormal sexual behaviours or “sexsomnias” that occur while people are asleep.

Ranging from masturbation to fondling to unconscious rape, sleep-related sexual abnormalities need to be properly categorized and labelled so physicians will recognize them when they crop up, according to a paper published today in the journal SLEEP.

“We wanted to call attention to how sexuality looms throughout all the known disorders of sleep,” says Dr. Carlos Schenck, a University of Minnesota psychiatrist and the paper’s lead author.’

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