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Everything You Should Understand About Wet Dreams

Everything You Should Understand About Wet Dreams

Taking a Close Look at Why Wet Dreams Happen

In recent times, the expression “wet dream” has evolved to represent something extraordinary. People often use phrases like “this lineup is a coach’s dream” in sports or “this movie is a film nerd’s dream” to convey something so impressive it’s challenging to fathom.

However, for those experiencing wet dreams in reality, whether for the first time or repeatedly, there’s no guarantee that the experience will be particularly pleasant. Ejaculating during sleep, also known as a nocturnal emission, can be as perplexing and frustrating as traditional bedwetting.

Your body engages in an involuntary act while you’re asleep, and it’s your waking self that must deal with the aftermath, including cleaning up. Yet, despite the potential inconvenience, it remains an act associated with the greatest physical pleasure.

So, what precisely is a wet dream? Who experiences them, and can they be prevented? To address these questions, AskMen consulted several sex experts. Here’s what they shared:

Understanding Wet Dreams:

“Wet dreams (also known as nocturnal emissions) are instances in which a person involuntarily orgasms in their sleep,” explains Dr. Justin Lehmiller, scientific advisor for Lovehoney. “These are called ‘wet’ dreams because the individual may awaken to find a wet spot on their bed or pajamas from ejaculate.”

Regardless of gender, wet dreams can potentially happen to anyone, although men are more likely to report the experience than women. Contrary to the name, these dreams aren’t always linked to erotic or sexual scenarios; they can also occur due to friction during sleep.

Are Wet Dreams a Concern?

“Wet dreams are not inherently bad or harmful,” assures urologist Dr. Jagan Kansal, founder of Down There Urology. “They are a normal and natural occurrence that often happens during adolescence and continues into adulthood. It is a part of the sexual development process for many individuals. There is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about experiencing wet dreams, as they are a normal aspect of sexual health.”

While the cleanup might be the least enjoyable aspect, BIPOC sexologist Marla Renee Stewart emphasizes that wet dreams are not negative unless one dislikes messes. Often, people find enjoyment in the erotic experiences within their dreams, providing a sense of safety and boosting the eroticism factor.

Why Do Wet Dreams Occur?

“The exact reasons why wet dreams occur are not fully understood, but they are generally believed to be a result of hormonal changes and the body’s natural processes of sexual maturation,” notes Kansal. During puberty, hormonal fluctuations and increased sexual thoughts contribute to wet dreams. Additionally, the body’s genital activity during sleep, influenced by hormone and neurotransmitter fluctuations, may trigger these occurrences.

How Common Are Wet Dreams?

“Wet dreams are pretty common,” says Stewart, particularly during puberty due to hormonal surges and various sources of arousal. Research indicates that a majority of adults have experienced at least one orgasm while sleeping, though infrequently.

The frequency of wet dreams varies, with some experiencing them frequently and others never having one. The absence of wet dreams during puberty is not a cause for concern.

Preventing Wet Dreams:

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to prevent wet dreams. However, certain factors may reduce the likelihood, such as cutting out stimulating sexual content or ensuring climax after engagement with sexual content. Masturbating to orgasm before sleep may also help reduce the odds of a wet dream.

In conclusion, wet dreams are a normal aspect of sexual development and are not considered a problem. If specific concerns arise, consulting a healthcare professional for personalized guidance is recommended.

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