You've heard of people walking, talking, heck even eating in their sleep, but have you heard of people, uh, doing it in their sleep? It's called sexsomnia and thankfully (I guess) it affects very few people worldwide. Only a handful of cases have ever been reported to the press and this latest one comes from Ryan and Dee Harris, a young couple from Southern England. And it's a doozy.
Dee reports that husband Ryan would habitually start having sex with her in the middle of the night while he was totally asleep. Turns out Dee didn't really mind though -- in fact, Ryan's sexsomnia helped them conceive.
The couple shared with The Sun that they'd been trying to have a baby for a while, but it just wasn't happening. But the sleepy sex they were having might have helped. Dee says that Ryan lasts longer and is more relaxed when he's making love unconsciously -- she believes they conceived after one particularly hot, if not entirely drowsy, late-night encounter. Unfortunately, Ryan has no input. He doesn't remember anything about the sleep sex.
It's a bizarre disorder, one that might even spur a few giggles here and there, and while it's helped Ryan and Dee's marriage -- their son Lincoln is now 16 months old -- it can be detrimental. A man in the UK was acquitted of rape charges after he had sleep sex with three women in 2005. Another Englishman was also absolved of rape charges when he was accused of sleeping with a 15-year-old girl.
But! Let's stay focused on the positive: There's a happy couple right now who can thank sexsomnia for their healthy baby boy. I bet their nights are a lot more interesting than a lot of ours are. The most exciting thing to happen to me at 3 a.m. usually involves the cold-side of the pillow and room to bring my knee up to my chest.
Have you heard of sexsomnia before?
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