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Everything You Should Know About Wet Dreams

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Teenagers aren’t the only ones who wake up wet.

Wet dreams  —  formally recognized as nocturnal emissions  —  are euphoric and depressing. One second you’re fooling around with the partner of your dreams (literally); the next, you’re all alone in a snarl of sheets and your own spunk.

But what’s the science behind this messy marvel? And is there any rhyme or reason for when (or why) men experience nocturnal emissions? Here’s everything you need to know about wet dreams.

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What Causes Wet Dreams?

Usually, wet dreams occur when we experience arousal while sleeping. This phenomenon is particularly prevalent in men since we experience erections during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep. Couple that with a sensual dream, and there’s a strong possibility you’ll wake up sticky.

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For men, wet dreams are a way for the body to clear out the old fluid. Your spunk has an expiration date, and if you haven’t gotten off in a while, your body clears out the expired stuff to ensure the tap stays fresh.

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When Do They Happen?

Wet dreams are most common during puberty, when testosterone levels are at their highest. That said, men of all ages can remain virile late into their lives, and as long as you stay virile, your body still needs to clear the pipes.

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Wet dreams are also connected to ejaculation frequency. Abstaining from release for a few weeks boosts the possibility of nocturnal emission. The NoFap trend dramatically increases the likelihood of nocturnal emissions.

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How Does It Work?

While it’s possible to blow your load without any stimulation, many experts believe nocturnal emissions are often a result of “sleep-humping.” Usually, the sleeper unknowingly masturbates or rubs himself into the bed.

It seems that many men never stop thinking about sex  —  even when they’re fast asleep.

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