‘I can’t stop having sex in my sleep!’
Tuesday 02 August 2011
Nymphomaniac Lisa Hunt not only needs sex three times a day, she also demands it up to another three times while asleep.
But, incredibly, she can never remember her nocturnal sessions as she suffers from rare sleep disorder sexsomnia – which means she initiates sex while in a deep slumber.
“I love sex so I think it’s great,” giggles Lisa, 31, from Bridlington, Yorkshire. And, luckily, boyfriend Steve Edwards, 47, has a high sex drive too. He says: “It’s every man’s dream.”
Lisa discovered her bizarre sleeping disorder – which also makes her sleepwalk – when she was 17. She recalls:
“One day, my boyfriend at the time said I’d seemed odd when we’d had sex the night before, but even though I’d initiated it, I had no recollection of it at all. I was a bit embarrassed, but he was fine with it, though once when I slept walked round my boyfriend’s house naked his dad saw me!”
Her sexsomnia stopped after two years – around the time the relationship ended, only re-emerging a decade later in March 2010, during another steady relationship.
“One morning, I woke up naked,” she says. “When I asked my boyfriend at the time why, he was stunned – we’d been going at it and he’d had no idea I’d been asleep. He said I’d looked a bit glazed, but when he’d asked if I was OK I’d said ‘fine.’”
When Lisa began demanding sex almost every night, she decided to see her doctor, who diagnosed sexsomnia and suggested she visit a sleep expert.
“I didn’t pursue it as it wasn’t doing any harm,” says Lisa, who split from her boyfriend soon after. “I thought it was exciting.”
Last August, the unemployed chambermaid got together with her neighbour, Steve.
She says: “I warned him about the sexsomnia from the start, but he thought it was funny. The first time it happened was a couple of weeks later. When he casually mentioned us having sex the night before, I told him I couldn’t remember a thing and he was stunned because he said I’d seemed wide awake – but I wasn’t. Now, with my permission, he just goes for it, he doesn’t even try to wake me up.”
Plumber Steve says: “It was a bit nerve-wracking, but Lisa had told me to go ahead so I didn’t feel guilty. When she’s asleep she’s more adventurous – I’ll always tell her what we’ve been up to the next day.”
Now the pair have sex up to three times a night while Lisa’s asleep. “I trust Steve so it doesn’t worry me,” says Lisa, who reveals they’re trying for a baby.
“I don’t feel tired the next day and there’s no physical sign we’ve had sex – except I’ll often be naked! Apparently, I get into all sorts of positions and, sometimes, I put on stockings and get out sex toys. I don’t know if I orgasm, but Steve says I seem to enjoy myself!”
Lisa says the only drawback is the couple can’t stay in hotels because she fears she could sleepwalk into someone else’s room. But sex-mad Lisa says she wouldn’t change her sexsomnia.
She reveals: “It’s exciting – when I go to sleep I never know what’s going to happen!
Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, from The London Sleep Centre, says: “Sexsomnia usually affects men and generally those who’ve suffered other sleep disorders such as sleepwalking. It can involve almost any sort of sexual activity and could go on for 20 or 30 minutes. Less than one per cent might remember something. It’s important sufferers seek assessment from a medical sleep specialist.”
Image courtesy of Simon Kench
By Emily Retter