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The facts about wet dreams

 

What was it like for you the first time you had a wet dream? Is it the same feeling you have each time you have a wet dream? Some teenagers, even men, may feel embarrassed or even guilty about having wet dreams. But they are a normal part of growing up and you can’t stop them from happening. A wet dream is also called a sleep orgasm or nocturnal emission. You will have wet dreams during puberty and sometimes when you become an adult. This is normal. However, its frequency will reduce as you get older.

So what isn’t a wet dream?

Wet dreams are not caused by masturbation during sleep; they occur without any manual stimulation. It begins during puberty when the body starts making more testosterone, a male hormone. Let us talk about what wet dreams are so as to decipher what they are not.

Wet dreams are when a person orgasms involuntarily while they are sleeping because of a dream, which may or may not be erotic. They are called wet dreams because when a male has this type of dream, he may wake up to discover that clothing or bedding is wet. This is because semen, the fluid containing sperm, is released during ejaculation. However, the same term is also used to refer to when a woman orgasms during sleep.

Separating the facts from the myths

As with most things about sex, there are a lot of stories that surround wet dreams that try to bury the facts. Let us state clearly what the facts are.

  1. Wet dreams do not reduce sperm count
  2. Women can have wet dreams
  3. Wet dreams do not reduce a person’s immunity
  4. Wet dreams happen during puberty and even many times during adulthood.
  5. Wet dreams are not a sign of illness
  6. Masturbation probably cannot prevent wet dreams
  7. Wet dreams will not shrink a penis
  8. Some people never have wet dreams. People may have:
    1. no wet dreams ever
    2. only a few, sporadic wet dreams during adolescence
    3. several, frequent wet dreams throughout adolescence but none in adulthood
    4. regular or sporadic wet dreams throughout their life
  1. Wet dreams are not always erotic dreams. 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.
  2. It is not always true that Sleeping on the stomach will induce a wet dream

 

Why does it happen?

Wet dreams occur normally without a clearly identified inciting cause. There is some association between an increased frequency of wet dreams and a lack of sexual activity or masturbation with orgasm. Some studies have shown that higher testosterone levels are associated with more frequent wet dreams. Wet dreams occur during sleep. They are normal and should not be viewed as bad or wrong. It is also normal not to have them.

The associated dream content is not necessarily reflective of daytime experiences or preferences. The sexual nature of the dream does not always reflect an underlying desire and may not correspond to daytime intentions. It may be interesting to explore inner sexual desires as reflected by the fantasies of the dream content to see what you might find arousing during wakefulness.

When you lie on a flat surface to sleep at night, blood flow to all parts of your body is easier and without much effort from the heart. At the time when you are asleep, your genitals become more sensitive because of the blood flow to the area and this could lead to ejaculation of the semen. The penis becomes erect when it is engorged in blood, which is why, as a man or teenage male, you will have an erection on most mornings when you awake.

Is there a way to prevent it?

If wet dreams make you feel uncomfortable there are some methods that might help to control its frequency or stop it entirely.

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

 

Source:

https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/expert-wet-dreams.html

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321351#outlook

https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-a-wet-dream-and-what-does-it-mean-3015090

 

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