What Are Nocturnal Emissions?

It’s a montage of those tantalising images of your crush you’ve stored in your brain. She smiles at you, winked naughtily. She sashays in front of you. Her beauty intoxicates you. She kisses you and feel up Mr. John, you can’t move. You wake up and are surprised to find a happy little explosion between your legs.

Wet dreams

Nocturnal emission, popularly known as wet dream, is an ejaculation of semen during sleep. It is commonly caused by sexual excitement from dreams. Nocturnal emission can also happen when your body experiences physical stimulation such as rubbing against the bed, pillow, or blanket. Nocturnal emissions are usually accompanied by erotic dreams, and the ejaculation may happen without having an erection. You need not worry if you experience a wet dream. It is perfectly normal.

Wet dreams bring sensations, although many men don’t feel any. Some people only feel a tingling sensation when they have nocturnal emissions, while many others feel a sense of having to urinate. This is why many teenagers are embarrassed in the belief that they have just wet their bed. Others don’t feel the ejaculation at all. Many people wake up during the discharge, whereas others simply sleep it through.

Who gets them?

Men and women can experience discharges in their sleep. Most boys between the ages of 12 to 18 experience wet dreams. While nocturnal emissions usually occur during teenage and early adult years, it may also occur any time following puberty. In general, boys experience less nocturnal emissions once they start masturbating. In addition, teenagers have less wet dreams once they become sexually active.


Some people have experienced many wet dreams as teenagers, whereas many others have never ejaculated semen in their sleep. About 83% of American men will experience wet dreams at some point in their lives. The percentage is higher (98%) for countries where masturbation remains a taboo. 15-year-old boys experience wet dreams 0.36 times every week and 0.18 times a week for 40-year-old single men. The frequency is lower for 19-year-old married males (0.23 times each week) and 50-year-old married males (0.15 times every week).


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