The (literal) orgasm of my dreams

A woman needs to know why she climaxes in her sleep. Does that make her strange -- or worthy of envy?

By Tracy Clark-Flory
Published October 7, 2011 12:01AM (EDT)
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I'm a 40-something-year-old woman and I occasionally have orgasms in my sleep. It has been going on for years. I am typically having a non-sexual dream at the time, so I think it's just physical. No complaints, but any idea what causes this?

At this very moment, thousands of women are dutifully doing their Kegels, investing in high-end vibrators and reading up on how to effectively communicate their needs in bed -- all in pursuit of the Big O. Meanwhile, you're all, "What's the big deal? I can do that in my sleep! Literally."

This might seem like extreme orgasmic injustice to all of the climax-challenged readers out there, but you are not as unusual as one might think. In 1953, Alfred Kinsey reported that 37 percent of the women in his sample had experienced dreams that led to orgasm by the time they turned 45. He found that women who had orgasmed in their sleep on average did so three to four times a year, with the incidents peaking among women in their 40s...

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