We all like to enjoy the benefits of sleeping soundly or like a baby, or even like a log, though how on earth we know what they sleep like beats me… For some, escaping a good nights sleep is problematic to say the least, isn’t it?
Then we hear about people who sleep walk, sleep talk, and have terrors or nightmares or sleep apnea… And then there are those that have sexsomnia…
So the story popped up on my radar about a young woman who has described her torment coping with a baffling sleep disorder that turns her into a sex addict.
Belle Floor, from Almelo in Holland, masturbates when she is asleep and cannot remember anything the next day. There are several sources reporting this case, but I had to laugh out loud at the UK newspaper, The Sun and it’s headline:
“Girl’s a snore-gasm addict”
That pun caused me to smirk snobbishly. You can read the full story in the Sun here.
She even set up her own support website six years ago after doctors and psychologists failed to work out what was wrong.
Ms Floor’s condition has already caused the break-up of one relationship and now the school administrator is too embarrassed to let boyfriends stay over, The Sun reports.
She said her ex-boyfriend confronted her about her condition 10 years ago. I mean, you would, wouldn’t you?
“Out of the blue one evening he asked me why I played with myself at night,” Ms Floor was quoted as saying.
“I denied it because I couldn’t remember ever doing it.”
The ex, in true bloke-ish and seemingly unsypathetic style, took it as a slur on his sexual prowess and eventually they split up.
Ms Floor has tried sex counselling, hypnotherapy and even an EEG brain scan to help cure the sexsomnia… naturally, with her having explored hypnotherapy is the reason I became interested, other than laughing at the Sun’s headlines and finding it a story that is quirky enough to grab attention…
Muscle relaxant drugs helped for a while but she eventually stopped because she did not want to spend the rest of her life on medication. Ms Floor now finds comfort through her website offering advice and support to others who suffer the same condition.
“There are no official figures on how many people suffer from sexsomnia but I’ve spoken to hundreds of men and women from all walks of life with the same condition,” she said.
“I now have my self-confidence and self esteem back.”
I would be very interested to see how the ratio of men to women that have this disorder… If the vast majority of sufferers are teenage boys, then I’m not going to be able to take it seriously.