“This foolish condition.”

Reuters, you delight me. Who but you would alert me to the little-known dangers of sexsomnia?

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters Life!) – Researchers are struggling to understand a rare medical condition where sufferers unknowingly demand, or actually have, sex while asleep, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday.

Research into sexsomnia — making sexual advances toward another person while asleep — has been hampered as sufferers are so embarrassed by the problem they tend not to own up to it, while doctors do not ask about it.

As yet there is no cure for the condition, which often leads to difficulties in relationships.

“It really bothers me that I can’t control it,” Lisa Mahoney told the magazine. “It scares me because I don’t think it has anything to do with the partner. I don’t want this foolish condition to hurt us in the long run.”

Not to sound callous to Ms. Mahoney’s plight, but I must note that I find this the most perplexing “us” since Diddy dropped the P (“The name is changed. We made it simpler. We removed the P. The P was getting in between us. We’re entering the age of Diddy”). Is “the partner” part of the “us”? Or is “the parter,” with whom “it doesn’t have anything to do,” getting in between “us”?

Sexsomnia confuses me.

4 thoughts on ““This foolish condition.”

  1. I’m wondering the same thing. Is it the partner, or all those other people in her head with her?

    There was a great bit on this in Slate.com today–aptly titled Sleeping Booty, something I’m definitely filing away for later use. Apparently the partners complain because the sexsomniac is “violent and scary” (and possibly vampiric). Wah, wah, wah. I’ll bet there are tons of guys out there who’d be willing to stay over a night or two and help her with her “foolish condition”.

    Oh yeah, and if you go to the Slate link, scroll down and look at the ‘therapy for babies’ paragraph. It’s amusing too… 😉

  2. There was a rape case around here earlier this year where this seemed to have happened (or at least, the defendant claimed to have been asleep – it’s always difficult to be sure of details when the only thing to go on is a local paper). All rather disturbing, really.

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