Tips to avoid sleep-sex
Tuesday 08 June 2010
This may seem an oxymoron to those not suffering from sexsomnia, a parasomnia -where a person appears to be awake while asleep, but here are some tips to help sexsomniacs, people who begin a sexual act while still sleeping uncontrollably.
SleepEducation.com, a resource from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, recommends sleeping every night 7-8 hours if you are an adult, 9 hours for teens and toddlers and schoolchildren should get between 9 -14 hours.
It is also important to maintain a constant sleep-wake schedule even on holidays and weekends. Messing with your clock can lead to sleep disorders as well as alcohol and drug use.
Should you have a more serious sleep disorder or are suffering anxiety, depression and stress, it is best to seek advice from a health professional.
Also, parasomnias, including sexsomnia, can be linked to other medical conditions including: Parkinson disease, dementia, narcolepsy and mid-brain tumors.
The best way to get tested for these disorders is to be observed overnight at a sleep clinic and if you have experienced sexsomnia, are not on drugs and have a regular sleeping pattern, it would be best to seek professional help.
For more information on the Sleep Research Laboratory's (at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada) research presentation on sexsomnia visit SLEEP 2010: http://www.apss.org
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