Everything You Need to Know about Wet Dreams

What are wet dreams?

Wet dreams occur when a person orgasms involuntarily while they are sleeping because of a dream, which may or may not be stimulating.

Wet dreams or nocturnal emission, are typically associated with adolescent boys, though they are a common experience for both sexes from puberty through adulthood.

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They are called wet dreams because when a male has this type of dream, he may awaken with wet clothing or bedding. This is because semen (fluid containing sperm), is released during ejaculation.

The same term is also used to refer to when a woman orgasms during sleep.

Wet dreams are not caused by masturbation during sleep; they occur without any manual stimulation.

According to research, about 8% of dreams have some sexual content. In the same study, both men and women reported having an orgasm in about 4% of their erotic dreams.

Facts and Myths about Wet Dreams

There are many myths about wet dreams, which can make them confusing or cause anxiety if a person does not know what to expect.

  1. Wet dreams do not reduce sperm count or sperm quality

Some people believe that wet dreams will reduce a man’s sperm count and quality. However, wet dreams are a way for the testicles to remove older sperm and help with the natural formation of healthy sperm in the body.

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  1. Women can have wet dreams

Many people associate wet dreams with adolescent boys, but women can also have wet dreams. A female wet dream may result in orgasm and additional vaginal secretions from arousal.

Men may be more susceptible to wet dreams because they produce several erections a night.

  1. Wet dreams do not reduce a person’s immunity

Wet dreams cannot cause a person to have lower immunity to things such as a cold or infection, contrary to what people believes. However, wet dreams can help reduce surplus sperm in the testicles, which is a healthy function for a male’s reproductive system.

  1. Wet dreams only happen during puberty

Wet dreams are common during puberty, but they can also happen during adulthood. Wet dreams tend to occur more often in puberty as a result of hormonal changes. Hormone levels in adults are much more consistent, making it less likely that they will have a wet dream.

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Wet dreams may also be more common during adolescence because younger boys may not frequently be masturbating or having sex, so the older sperm is released during sleep instead.

  1. Wet dreams are not a sign of sickness

It is a myth that wet dreams are a result of an underlying illness or medical condition. In fact, the opposite is true.

Wet dreams are a normal occurrence and may be a sign of healthy sexual functioning.

  1. Masturbation probably cannot prevent wet dreams

Masturbation may reduce the number of wet dreams a person experiences, but it does not assure that a person will never experience them.

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To test this, try masturbating before bed for a week or more, followed by the same length of time without masturbating, to see if there is a difference in the frequency of wet dreams.

  1. Wet dreams will not shrink a penis

Some people believe that wet dreams shrink the size of the person’s penis. However, there is no scientific evidence backing this assertion. There are no conditions, illnesses, or natural occurrences that will cause the male reproductive organ to reduce in size.

  1. Some people never have wet dreams

Wet dreams are a natural occurrence for both men and women. They cannot be controlled or stopped.

How often wet dreams occur varies between individuals. People may have:

  • no wet dreams ever
  • only a few, sporadic wet dreams during adolescence
  • several, frequent wet dreams throughout adolescence but none in adulthood
  • regular or sporadic wet dreams throughout their life
  1. Wet dreams are not always erotic dreams

Wet dreams are occasionally linked with sexual or erotic dreams. However, this is not always the case.

A person can have a wet dream without dreaming about sexual activity and may become aroused due to stimulation from friction with the bedding or other factors.

  1. Sleeping on the stomach may induce a wet dream

According to researchers, sleeping on the stomach makes it more likely the person will experience a sexual dream. The evidence is limited, however, and more studies need to be done to determine if sleep position plays any role in whether a person experiences wet dreams.

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Prevention

While there is no proven way to prevent wet dreams, there are some techniques that may reduce them. However, these methods do not guarantee any results.

If wet dreams make a person embarrassed or uncomfortable, or they are negatively affecting their life, the following methods to reduce or eliminate wet dreams might help:

  • masturbating or having sex more frequently
  • meditating or practicing relaxation techniques before bed
  • speaking to a psychologist or counselor about dreams

A person experiencing wet dreams needs to know that it is a perfectly natural incidence and that climaxing during sleep is a reflex reaction that cannot be prevented.

 

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