What are Wet Dreams?

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May 29, 2012
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What are Wet Dreams

A wet dream refers to an uncontrolled ejaculation of semen from penis while one is asleep. This is usually caused by sexual arousal and orgasm from sexually stimulating dreams and/or physical stimulation by way of rubbing against the bed, blankets or even having a full bladder at the time of sleep.


Wet dreams are absolutely normal for males going through puberty because when a male enters puberty, he goes through a multitude of hormonal changes. These changes are what lead to spontaneous erections during sleep during the day or night. Because these changes are linked to hormonal changes, they are part of normal sexual development of a male.

 

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When do Boys Experience Wet Dreams?


Most boys aged between 12 to 18 years experience wet dreams. Once a male starts masturbating, he is likely to experience fewer wet dreams than otherwise. The wet dreams subside naturally when a male reaches the end of puberty or becomes sexually active.

 

Causes of Wet Dreams


The nerves, hormones, blood vessels and muscles work in unison to create penile erections and these occur throughout a man’s life. Here are some of the reasons that may be linked to wet dreams.

 

Fantasy


Among the many reasons for wet dreams, sexual dreams are one. It is in the anticipation of sexual intercourse while you are dreaming that the penis becomes erect. The National Health Institute says that such experience commonly occurs when someone is in the deep sleep mode of rapid eye movement. Fantasising throughout the day about sexual intercourse can subconsciously register in a man’s head and cause him to have an erect penis and orgasm while he is sleeping at night.

 

Bladder Control Failure


Another reason why wet dreams occur is bladder control failure, which causes penile erection. It is assumed that when the bladder swells to its maximum during sleep, urine fills up the penis, which makes the penis erect. When men are sleeping, they possess no control over their body. It is this failure to control the body during sleep that leads to a loss of physical and hormone control leading to failure of controlling erectile functions.

 

[Read: Importance of Sex Education for Teens]

 

Nitrous Oxide


According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Clearinghouse, the blood vessels enlarge when nitrous oxide is released in the body. It is when the blood vessels enlarge that the blow flow reaches the penile tissues and causes an erection that is followed by ejaculation during sleep.

 

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