TORONTO, June 7 (UPI) — About 1-in-12 people with sleep disorders report they had initiated or engaged in sex with their partner while asleep, Canadian researchers said.
“While our finding of 8 percent of people reporting sexsomnia seems really a high number, it should be stressed that we only studied patients referred to a sleep clinic,” study co-investigator Sharon A. Chung of the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University Health Network in Toronto said in a statement.
“So, we would expect the numbers to be much lower in the general population.”
The study also found sexsomnia was nearly three times higher in men than in women.
The sleep disorder patients completed questionnaires. Between the group of patients that reported sexsomnia and those who didn’t the symptoms of insomnia, fatigue, smoking and caffeine consumption were similar. However, people who reported sexsomnia were twice as likely as those who didn’t to admit using illicit drugs.
The findings were presented at the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.
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