June 25, 2003


What is this thing called "sleep"?

Falling asleep after sex is common. But sleeping during sex?

Medical researchers have discovered an intriguing condition, sexsomnia, in which people who are asleep proceed to initiate sexual activity with their bedmates.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 25, 2003 04:46 AM

I prefer it if my wife is asleep during sex. It increases my odds that way.

Posted by: JohnO at June 25, 2003 at 05:04 AM

And there the case for the defence rests, m'lud.

Posted by: Dave F at June 25, 2003 at 05:41 AM

I think I had some of this thing called "sex", back in the 1970s... don't remember whether she was asleep or not -- or whether I was or not.

Don't even ASK me about orgasms.

Posted by: Kim du Toit at June 25, 2003 at 05:58 AM

What is "sex"? People keep talking about it, but I'm a little unclear. (I don't know what "sleep" is either. Can't help you there.)

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 25, 2003 at 06:17 AM

I had this problem called sexual insomnia.
My doctor diagnosed it as sleeping in "snatches".

Posted by: Jim at June 25, 2003 at 06:28 AM

You mean all those times I thought it was just a wet dream, I was actually coming? Oh my God what have I missed!

Posted by: Fred at June 25, 2003 at 10:00 AM

In addition to sexsomnia (I prefer "REM sex"), there's sexfakesomnia (initiating sex while pretending to be asleep) and fakesexfakesomnia (pretending to initiate sex while pretending to be asleep).

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs at June 25, 2003 at 10:12 AM

This defence has been tried and failed- a stiffy is an fair indication of "intent".

Posted by: paul bickford at June 25, 2003 at 11:31 AM

From the article:

Two girlfriends of another 43-year-old man "independently confirmed that he frequently engages in sexual behaviour while asleep".

TWO girlfriends? Like, at the same time? This guy has a better sex life asleep than most of us have awake! Bastard!

Posted by: Andrew D. at June 25, 2003 at 12:11 PM

And sexpseudonarcolepsy, JJ, that's what we doctors call "pretending to be asleep to avoid having sex." Millions of sufferers worldwide ...

Posted by: Dave F at June 25, 2003 at 06:17 PM

How about pretending to have sex to avoid sleep?

Though I guess it is all better than falling asleep AFTER starting sex. You'll never hear the end of that.

Posted by: Patrick at June 25, 2003 at 06:51 PM

Dude the true story is all right here: http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=02042003

Posted by: Ken Layne at June 25, 2003 at 07:01 PM

Which brings to mind the Australian male's idea of foreplay: "you awake?"

Posted by: ZsaZsa at June 25, 2003 at 08:02 PM

Gee, Tim, your new comments facility is drawing a real classy crowd and some great one-liners (I'm not including myself of course).
It was obviously overdue.

Posted by: Dave F at June 25, 2003 at 09:32 PM

Thanks Ken, the Achewood cartoon had me rotflmaoumgfu

Posted by: Dave F at June 25, 2003 at 11:12 PM