Sleep orgasms aren't just for guys, and they never really have been. According to research conducted back in 1983, the physical changes a women goes through during a sleep orgasm include:
- Breathing rate increase of 12 to 22 breaths per minute
- Heartbeat increase of 50 to 100 beats per minute
- Overall obvious increase in vaginal blood flow.
The mind also undergoes a series of changes, never seen in any other life experience except sexual climax. This is believed to be caused by increased blood flow.
"During REM sleep you have increased blood flow to your erectile tissue — for women it's in the whole clitoral complex, your brain recognizes that you have more blood flow in those tissues, and it can lead to sexual arousal," said Madeleine Castellanos, a psychiatrist and sex therapist practicing in New York City.
According to Medicine Net, REM sleep occurs three to five times a night, each lasting two to three hours. This time is marked by irregular breathing, heart rate and jerking muscle movements.
The more commonly known sex dream is experienced by men, also known as a "wet dream." Although women may not leave as much noticeable evidence behind after such a dream, an orgasm is not impossible to achieve while asleep, for either sex.
A recent study conducted by Barry Komisaruk, a professor at Rutgers University, found that women could think themselves into an orgasm with no external stimulation. During tests, it was determined that women's brains lit up in the same areas during non-physical orgasms and "thinking" orgasms.
Ladies, you're more in control of your orgasm than you think. If you seem to be having more orgasms asleep than awake, take the time to find out exactly what gets you off and let your partner know.