What are nocturnal dreams?

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 27th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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People complain they do not get enough sleep. Yet, sleep affects are physical and mental health. Not having enough sleep affects our mood, our stamina, our home-life and career, and our social relationships. Nocturnal dreams are also considered a sleeping disorder.

Nocturnal Dreams

Wet Dreams, Nocturnal Emissions and Sleep Orgasms

Nocturnal emissions
are also called wet dreams, or orgasms during sleep. Wet dreams are most common among adolescents but sill an adult might have nocturnal emissions as well.

What is a nocturnal emission?

A nocturnal emission is a release or ejaculation while sleeping brought on by an erotic dream. Though the individuals having them are often embarrassed it is quite common. At some point in a lifetime, 80 percent of males will have a wet dream. The dreamer may or may not sleep through the ejaculation or know what is happening or why. However, the nocturnal emissions are actually an orgasm that has occurred because of dreaming about sexual images. Teenagers, especially are embarrassed about this, particularly during puberty when they have not yet become sexually active.

When do males have nocturnal emissions?

Wet dreams begin at puberty, some men experience them in their late teens and still other men do not have them until much later in life. Some males will experience quite a few nocturnal emissions during adolescence and they tamper off in adulthood. Then there are men who have never had them at all.

Sleep orgasm frequency

Sleep orgasm frequency

There is no set rule; some men will just experience one or two will others will have them much more frequently.

Thirteen percent of males will have their first ejaculation during a wet dream.
15-year-olds can have up to 12 wet dreams a week.
A forty-year-old male will have one at an average of 0.18 times per week. In other words it is rare
The same goes for a married man, the statistics are 0.23 times a week.

Women can have them too

Is this only a male condition?

Women will experience vaginal lubrication while having a wet dream

When are sleep orgasms likely to occur?

Since they are associated with dreaming, they will occur during the REM – Rapid Eye Movement stage of the dream cycle.

Also, a male who is sensitive may have a wet dream due to the sensation of his penis against the mattress.

To date there are no studies supporting the frequency of masturbation, diet or age of the dreamer, having any bearing on the frequency of wet dreams.

Nocturnal Emission Home Remedies

Many men will look on the Internet to find some home remedies to stop the bedtime ejaculations. They are too embarrassed to seek medical attention, however, none of these home remedies have been empirically studied and so it is still best to seek proper medical attention, rather than try something on your own.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
27th Aug 2015 (#)

Wow! This kind of dream would sure beat the ones that I have. I dreamed last night that I ate something and was choking. It literally woke me up to coughing and choking. Scary stuff!

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author avatar Shamarie
27th Aug 2015 (#)

My wet dreams felt like erotic movies. Ha-Ha!!!

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author avatar brendamarie
28th Aug 2015 (#)

Carol, I had no idea females had them as well.

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author avatar snerfu
28th Aug 2015 (#)

Maybe it is a problem I have with reality, but I just don't have time for dreams. Is that normal? I wonder.

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author avatar Carol Roach
2nd Sep 2015 (#)

everyone dreams, even if we don't remember them, it is a biological necessity function

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author avatar Kingwell
31st Aug 2015 (#)

I don't remember ever having a wet dream. Why would one want to stop them? Is it harmful to the body or just embarrassing to some people? Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
2nd Sep 2015 (#)

I don't think it is that harmful but could be unpleasant when you share a bed with someone

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