Sexsomnia is a Hereditary Disease


sexomniaPeople with Sexsomnia will do sexual activity during sleep or when they are unconscious. Sufferers will conduct activities ranging from annoying to criminal levels. Apparently this kind of behavior is a hereditary disease, from the gene.

Sexsomnia behavior or Sexual Behavior in Sleep (SBS), range from mild to severe is disturbing (like doing loud sexual moans), dangerous (harmful masturbation) or even criminal (sexual violence or rape).

This sleep disturbance is done outside the consciousness of the patient. Generally, these disorders are experienced by men. But so far, the exact cause of this disorder is unknown. It’s just that there is a suspicion that alcohol and sleeping pills effect on sexsomnia sleep disorder.

However, evidence that sexsomnia is derived through gene is expressed by  scientists from Victoria University. It started with a case that was discovered by Gerard Kennedy, a professor of psychology at Victoria University.

Kennedy has a male patient who often experience sexsomnia and had sexual intercourse with his wife unconsciously. This sleep disturbance was turned down on his son who started growing up.

“This could be the first case in a world where we can see that sexsomnia is descended in the family,” said Gerard Kennedy, who also  had became an expert of sleep  disorders for 16 years, according to Medindia.

According to Kennedy, the two men begin to experience sexsomnia about 50 to 70 minutes after falling asleep, when they are in the first stage of sleep before the stage of  dream begins.

“Both men were rude and did not pay attention to the comfort their partner. They can not be prevented, they even sometimes yell and hit,” Kennedy said.

Both patients seksomnia also needs short-acting benzodiazepines, which serves sedatives or tranquilizers to stop such behaviors.

Kennedy explained that this disruption occurs because part of the brain that control movement gradually ‘die’ during sleep in children who began to grow into young adults. That is why many children are out of their house or walking during sleep.

Kennedy will present the unusual in the Australasian Sleep Conference in Christchurch, on Saturday, October 30, 2010.