Wake Up Call
Dear Mistress Maeve,
Once every six months or so, I’ll wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I just had an orgasm (I’m wet and feel out of breath). I know boys have wet dreams; is it possible that I’m having them, too?
If so, is there any way to stop them from happening? I’m a first-year student at UVM, and I’m nervous about “sleep masturbating” in front of my roommate (who is, unfortunately, a wicked prude).
— Thank you,
When I was studying abroad during college, I took a solo trip through Sweden. One night while staying at a youth hostel, in a room with 10 strangers, I woke up at 2 a.m. panting and moaning with my hands down my pants — I was in the middle of a five-alarm orgasm. I was mortified. Luckily, none of the other women in the room made a fuss. (I blame the tall, hot Swedes for my involuntary orgasm.)
Female wet dreams are perfectly normal. According to Wikipedia, Alfred Kinsey reported in 1953 that 40 percent of 5628 women he interviewed had experienced a wet dream by the time they were 45 years old. Of the women who had wet dreams, most reported having them a few times per year.
Some sources say that having more sex or masturbating more often will curb nocturnal emissions, but most experts disagree. College Girl, I know it doesn’t seem like it now — but you’re lucky to have these “awakening” experiences. Orgasms relieve stress and promote overall health. Perhaps if your roommate were visited by the Wet Dream Fairy, she wouldn’t be such a prude.
— Sweet dreams,