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What are the characteristics of a sexsomniac?

Here is what I have found on the characteristics of a sexsominac:
  • Most people who exhibit this behavior are known sleepwalkers -- either in childhood or more recently in their lives.
  • The sexual behavior of the individual during episodes of sexsomnia is different than their usual behavior, sometimes more aggressive than usual.
  • The behavior is always amplified by situations where sleep quality or quantity is worsened: alcohol ingestion, sleep apnea, sleep deprivation.
  • Many of the patients were men.
  • Several patients report that they were dreaming about having sex, or having some type of sexual fantasy.
  • Some of the individuals who reported these behaviors were actually physically sexually aroused, but not all were.
  • This behavior seems to occur in deep non-REM sleep at anytime throughout the night.
  • The behavior can last up to 30 minutes.
  • The behavior is found almost exclusively in adults.

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