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Orgasms are a normal part of sexual experience. It is very normal and known to happen to males around adolescence or who have abstained from sexual experiences for a while.

 Rowland & Gutierrez (2017) suggested that climaxing has four stages. It starts with sexual excitement, then a plateau followed by orgasm and resolution. While most women can have an orgasm, the capacity to climax during sleep is not so common and can be alarming if you've never experienced it before. But what causes these sleep orgasms, and should you avoid them? Let's look at orgasms in sleep, what causes them, and how to prevent them from happening in the future!

Reasons You May Be Experiencing Orgasms During Sleep

Although there might be many causes of having a sleep orgasm, these are the major things that are thought to cause a sleep orgasm. These reasons are not conclusive enough to say they're causing it, but they're good enough reasons to look into them further and see if they can help us find out what's causing our frequent sleep orgasms. They include:

Sex Drought

We all have had moments when we experience a sex drought. This can be a major fact that can lead to you having to experience a sleep orgasm. This sex drought can also cause you to have sex dreams that can combine with other factors to give you the rare experience of orgasming in your sleep. 

Sleeping Position

Sleeping in your favorite position is the most comfortable thing you can wish for. However, sleeping in positions that might stimulate your sensitive areas might be why you keep experiencing this sleep orgasm. Sleeping on your stomach, for example, might stimulate your nipples or clitoral area as you move freely in your sleep leading to sex dreams that might give you an orgasm. 

Stress and Anxiety

This can lead to sexual tension and frustration, resulting in sex dreams giving you orgasms during your sleep. 

Ways to Prevent Orgasms in Sleep

Wet dreams are normal and healthy parts of your life and should be celebrated. Furthermore, they are a normal experience not only for adolescent teenagers but can continue to happen even as you get older for some reasons as listed above. If they make you uncomfortable, you can try the following tricks to avoid such experiences.

Have More Sexual Experiences or Masturbate

There is a higher connection between sleep orgasms and abstinence from the sexual experience. You can combat them by having more sexual experiences or masturbating moderately and understandably. 

Avoid Intense Sexual Stimulation

It is also important to avoid intense sexual stimulation before jumping into bed. This sexual stimulation can be anything, from intense hugging or body contact with another person or simply watching porn. Therefore, if you want to reduce the frequency of sleep orgasms, keep off pornographic content before bed.

Sleep on Your Side or Back

Another trick up your sleeve might be sleeping on your sides or back to avoid stimulating your sensitivity as you unknowingly move in your sleep. This might be an effective way to keep your body free of stimulation as you can sometimes stimulate yourself in your sleep without knowing. Although there is no direct link between sleep orgasms with sex dreams, you can try to prevent wet dreams by avoiding and clearing yourself from naughty thoughts before you go to bed. Although some doctors might advise and prescribe taking an antidepressant, it is important to note that this might lead to a harder time having an orgasm when you are awake.

Things You Can Do If You are Experiencing Orgasms in Sleep

There is nothing you can do if you wake up experiencing an orgasm. In fact, as rare as sleep orgasms are, you ought to celebrate them as they are a part of your normal healthy lifestyle. If you experience an orgasm, just know that there is nothing to be alarmed with. It's good to note that orgasms in sleep usually happen when people have a lot on their minds or might have sexual frustration and stress due to daily life issues such as family problems, money and job issues, etc. So try and take time out for yourself, get rid of stress by going for walks, listening to music, or even meditating. People often feel embarrassed about having these orgasms because it happens while they are asleep, and while sleeping, we don't have control over our bodies. The major difference between males and females is that the men might mostly wake up to the evidence of semen on their body or clothes, while some female orgasms might leave nothing for you to see when you wake up. Waking up to a white patch of semen is rather easy to notice than slight vaginal wetness. These orgasms, however, vary, and some report having intense orgasms more than they experience in their normal sexual experience. But there is no need to worry about it as it doesn't mean anything negative about your body or mind. These orgasmic experiences during sleep are also known as hypnagogic, which means occurring in between waking and sleeping, so you don't need to worry about feeling bad about it at all.

If you, however, feel like you are uncomfortable with the frequency of sleep orgasms, you are free to visit a doctor or adviser for a deeper insight on the issue.


Rowland, D., & Gutierrez, B. R. (2017). Phases Of The Sexual Response Cycle.