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Tired? Could Be Your 'Sexsomnia'

Study: A tenth of men with sleep disorders have sex while asleep
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 5:50 AM CDT
Updated Jun 19, 2010 11:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A surprising number of people are having sex in their sleep, according to a Canadian study. Researchers speaking to people with suspected sleep disorders found that more than 10% of men and 4% of women admitted that they'd engaged in sexual activity—ranging from masturbation to full intercourse—while asleep. "We were surprised at how common it was," the lead researcher says.

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The prevalence of "sexsomnia," researchers say, had been underestimated because some people were too embarrassed to admit it to their doctors, while others didn't see the behavior as a problem. "Is it a problem? As long as you don't get into legal problems and as long as your partner doesn't mind, it's not a problem," the lead researcher tells the Telegraph. "Although it can leave you tired the next day." (Read more sleep disorder stories.)

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