A rare presentation of sexsomnia in a military service member

David S. Kim*, Brian E. Foster, Jasmine A. Scott, Meagan M. Rizzo, Jacob F. Collen, Rodolfo Soca

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Sexsomnias are unconscious sexual behaviors during sleep (parasomnias) that are garnering more attention as they become increasingly evident in forensic cases. Presentations of sexsomnia in active duty service members are seldom described, and often evaluation is clouded by intoxication with substances such as alcohol, sleep deprivation, untreated sleep disturbances, or criminal behavior masquerading as a medical disorder. We present a case of a 40-year-old male soldier evaluated in our sleep clinic for multiple episodes of sleep masturbation occurring over a period of 2 years. The patient was concerned about his suitability for deployment to a combat zone and participation in field training exercises (both require sleeping in groups in an open environment). Video polysomnography confirmed moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and the patient showed improvement with continuous positive airway pressure therapy. The authors also discuss the relevance of this case compared with previously reported sexsomnia cases and expand on parasomnia topics that are more common in military populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-109
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Military sleep environment
  • NREM parasomnia
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sexsomnia
  • Sexual behaviors in sleep
  • Sleep masturbation


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