sexsomnia

A distinct parasomnia (sleep disorder) involving compulsive sexual behaviour while asleep

sexsomnia

Sexual arousal, sexual intercouse or masturbation occurring during genuine sleep. Intercourse is commonest with established partners but may occur with others, and the principal trigger is probably bodily contact, especially with fondling. Other triggers include stress, sleep deprivation, fatigue, alcohol and drug use.
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From facial mapping to sexsomnia, from fingerprints to post mortem examinations, the seminar will consider the way in which expert evidence is constructed for and presented to a criminal court, and in particular to a jury.
However, one newly described sleep disorder, which did not make the final cut, is sexsomnia.
Sexsomnia can present in different forms but is generally described as engaging in sexual activity while asleep.
A Swedish man named Mikael Halvarsson, who was accused of rape in April 2914, was acquitted of all charges by a judge in Sundvall court after his defence lawyer argued that he suffers from sexsomnia.
Andrew Machin, 40, was cleared after a court heard he suffers from the sleep disorder sexsomnia.
The prosecution said that the his claims of sexsomnia - a medical condition in which people engage in sex acts while still asleep - were "feeble excuses to escape the inevitable.
Davies, 43, was acquitted after being diagnosed with sexsomnia - also known as "sleep sex" - which is said to affect four per cent of adults and leaves sufferers unaware of their actions.
Sexsomnia THIS recognised condition, in which people can make love while sleeping, was successfully used by the defence in a rape case this week.
But prosecutor Sarah Gaunt alleged that he knew what he was doing and told the jury that sexsomnia "was not the position with the factors in this case".
The prosecution at Cardiff Crown Court said Morris' claim that he suffers from sexsomnia was "feeble excuses to escape the inevitable".
Simon Morris, 42, claimed that he had no memory of the alleged incident, which he said must have happened in his sleep, when he was suffering from an attack of sexsomnia, the Mirror reported.
A judge told Simon Morris, 42, that jurors "saw through" his claims that he suffered from sexsomnia and could not remember the attack.