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What is Sexsomnia? ! ?

What is Sexsomnia?

Sexsomnia is a recently described parasomnia, or unusual behavior that occurs during sleep. Sexsomnia has recently be added to the DSM -5  or Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which lists most recognized mental health disorders.

Individuals who exhibit sexsomnia symptoms often demonstrate sexual behaviors during sleep. Moaning, body thrusting, and self-pleasuring have been described with this condition. It is believed to occur during slow wave sleep, when most parasomnias occur. Because it occurs during the deepest stage of sleep, those associated with sexsomnia often are unaware of their unusual behaviors. It is usually observed by bed partners.

Sleepwalking is another slow wave sleep parasomnia that occurs during deep sleep. Like sleepwalking, the individual is usually completely unaware of night time events.

Diagnosis is made by health professional based on symptoms.

Like other parasomnias, the potential danger of sexsomnia is related to unintentional injuries that occur during sleep movements.




The American Sleep Association is pleased to announce the decision to endorse select products. Products that are endorsed by ASA must meet certain standards. Endorsed products are reviewed by sleep professionals for a fee. The products may feature the ASA Endorsement Seal which indicate that the product endorsement has been approved.

American Sleep Association endorsement does not suggest, imply, or support the efficacy of any product.

The process of seeking endorsement starts by emailing us stating your interest. Describe the product. If applicable, ASA will follow up with the fee amount and contract. Sample product, any related product materials and advertisements, fee, and signed contract should be sent to ASA for review. Sleep professionals from ASA will review the product. If approved, ASA will notify you within 7 days. Company would then be able to claim ‘Endorsed by American Sleep Association’ seal and status. If product is not approved, full fee will returned. Generally, endorsements last for 5 – 10 years. After period, product endorsement will need to be renewed.

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How Many Hours of Sleep Do I Need?

How Many Hours of Sleep Do I Need?

This is a common question. The answer is not a simple number.

Like most things in science, there is a ‘Bell Curve’ to findings. With total sleep time in humans, there is also a Bell Curve distribution of hours of total sleep time.

While the mean total sleep time of adults is about 8 hours, there is much variance on both sides (or tails) of the curve. Some adults only require 6-7 hours. While others require 9-10. That number is that individuals ‘normal’.

We can attribute these findings to genetics. There is connection between families and total sleep requirements.

Regardless of the amount of sleep time that you need, it is important to realize that sleep is a basic biologic need. Like food, water, and air, we all require adequate sleep to be healthy. If we are deprived of sleep, our bodily systems fail.

So, make certain that you get the total sleep time that you need. Your mind, body, job, family, etc. will thank you for it.




Sleep Hygiene Top 5 Tips

By simply following these recommendations, you will facilitate more consolidated and restorative sleep. Although they may seem like common sense, many violate these regularly.


Sleep Hygiene Top 5 Tips:

1. Keep a regular sleep schedule – go to bed and wake up at around the same time

2. Have a quiet and dark bedroom

3. Avoid alcohol, caffeine after 5 pm

4. Don’t read or watch TV in bed

5. Don’t take naps (unless you really need to).


Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea Device

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea – Oral Appliance Therapy. “Sleep Apnea Mouth Device”


There are several treatment options for sleep apnea. One of the options is the oral appliance. Also called Jaw Advancing Device (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), these sleep apnea mouth pieces are custom made by dentists using a plastic-like mold to form to the specific shape of the patients teeth and mouth.

How Does the Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Work?

Sleep apnea oral appliances work by moving the jaw forward, which increases the size of the upper airway, thus reducing the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea.

Oral appliances for sleep apnea are often used as a substitute for CPAP or sleep apnea oral surgery. It is often used in conjunction with weight loss if the individual is overweight.

These custom sleep apnea mouthpieces, often called by the general public, ‘sleep apnea mouth guards’,  are often most effective in sleep apnea patients who have mild or moderate sleep apnea.

Sleep physicians often recommend a sleep study before the oral appliance is used (to determine the diagnosis), and after the oral appliance is used (to determine if it is effective).

Consequences of Oral Appliance Therapy

Some sleep apnea patients who use oral appliances experience TMJ or temporal mandibular joint arthritis or arthralgia (pain). Others report an unusual sensation shortly after removing the device in which they have difficulty bring their teeth together in the usual position. Some patients experience teeth shifting after prolonged use.


Although there are several businesses that sell oral appliances on the internet, it is important that your sleep physician, primary care doctor, and/or dentist approve the appliance, as many of the over-the-internet ‘boil and bite’ mouth pieces for sleep apnea are not effective.






The oral appliance is one of several cpap alternatives.  The mouth guard is sleep apnea treatment without cpap.
There are several alternatives to cpap. These dental appliance for sleep apnea are sleep apnea dental devices. Sleep apnea dental appliance are not suitable for all patients. Sleep apnea dental devices are generally more effective in mild – moderate sleep apnea cases.
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