What are wet dreams

8 Things to Know About Wet Dreams (and How to Stop it)

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Wet dreams usually happen to teenagers going through puberty, but don’t be surprised if you’re still occasionally getting wet dreams in your 20s. Rest assured, that’s perfectly normal.

Now, since it’s something that most of us would consider private, we’ve taken the liberty to research and compile a list of the most common facts about what are wet dreams, their causes, and tips on how to stop wet dreams.

Here they are, in no particular order:

1. What is a Wet Dream?

In medical terms, wet dreams are known as ‘nocturnal emissions’. Sometimes, they are also referred to as ‘sleep orgasms’.

What are wet dreams

You do not have to masturbate to have a wet dream. Instead, it can cause you to ejaculate without any physical touch involved. Adults and teenage females can also experience it. Although women do not ejaculate, they can have orgasms in their dreams. These type of dreams commonly occur more in men than women.

During sleep, there is increased blood flow to the sexual organs. For men, they can have it with or without an erection. Erections in men will occur during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep

2. When Does Someone Start Having a Wet Dream? 

Wet dreams occur predominantly in teenage males going through puberty. During this period, they are able to produce sperm when they climax. It is estimated that about 38% of men experience it before they learn about it. This may be influenced by higher levels of sex hormones at puberty.

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At least 70% of unmarried men within the age of 21-25 years have experienced it with varying frequencies. Besides teenage males, adult men can also experience it. It can occur when men are in their productive age – from their adolescent years up till they enter their 30s. Don’t be surprised by this fact – older men can also still have wet dreams.

3. Women Also Have Wet Dreams 

Wet dreams are often associated with men. However, women can also experience it even though they may not be aware of the occurrence. When it happens to women, they are usually characterised by vaginal wetness during sleep.

A wet dream is normally a result of a dream with sexual content. When you dream of having sex, your brain sends a signal to your nerves that tell them you are having sex. This causes an increased blood flow in the vaginal walls, which ultimately can lead to an orgasm.

However, this sexual arousal may not always result in an orgasm. Instead, it may cause moisture in your underwear or on bedding due to vaginal lubrication.

4. Causes of Wet Dreams 

When a man goes through puberty, his body starts producing the testosterone hormone –  the male hormone that’s responsible for the production of sperm. 

The dream content you have when you sleep does not necessarily reflect your experiences or preferences. The erotic nature of the dream does not always reflect an underlying desire.

During puberty, you will start getting erections at different times of the day – whether at school, while watching TV, or in the bathroom. You can even get an erection while sleeping,  which can cause semen to build up inside your body. A wet dream can help your body release semen through ejaculation.

According to Verywell Health, several studies have shown that higher testosterone levels are associated with more frequent wet dreams. There is also a link between an increased frequency and a lack of sexual activity, such as masturbation and orgasm.

5. Are Wet Dreams Related to Erotic Dreams?

When experiencing a wet dream, the dream might be as if you were having sex with someone. It is completely normal if you do not remember the dream after you wake up. 

There is no concrete evidence that wet dreams are directly related to erotic dreams or any other types of dreams. It is also not clear whether they are associated with unmet sexual desires or needs.

6. Intensity of Wet Dreams

Wet dreams are a normal part of growing up. However, not all teenage boys have experienced them – and that is normal. The intensity of the dreams (high/low) does not always indicate that something is wrong with your health or fertility.

Some men can experience the dreams several times a week, while some may only experience a wet dream once in their lifetime. Studies show that the intensity of the dreams may be higher if you sleep on your stomach. 

7. What Should You Do After Having a Wet Dream? 

Wash yourself off once you wake up.

If you feel uncomfortable after experiencing a wet dream due to ejaculation or the dream content, consult your doctor immediately. Share the concern you have with your doctor, parents, or counsellor.

8. How to Stop Having Wet Dreams?

There is no specific way to control or stop wet dreams. However, it is believed that the frequency can be decreased in a multitude of ways.

One of the ways to prevent a wet dream is by increasing your sexual activity or frequency of masturbation, resulting in orgasm. When you ejaculate by masturbating or having sex, you may decrease your frequency of having it. This is because there is no buildup of semen, thereby relieving the need for men to ejaculate during sleep.

In addition, reducing contact with the genitals and avoiding sleeping on your stomach can also be helpful in decreasing the frequency the dreams.

In rare cases, wet dreams can be troublesome. Antidepressant medications might be required to decrease the frequency. These medications also function to suppress ejaculation when you wake up.

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