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Nightfall (Wet Dreams): Causes and How To Stop

Dr. Muhammad Haris Burki

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Nightfall or wet dreams are a natural phenomenon individuals go through as they hit puberty, and may continue to experience later as healthy adults. To learn more about nightfall, why it happens, and what you can do about it, keep reading!

What is Nightfall?

Nightfall means ejaculating in your sleep. When you experience sexual arousal in your dreams, it can increase blood flow to the genitals, which can cause an erection and eventually lead to ejaculation. Nightfall is completely normal and decreases or goes away once you age and get older.

Although wet dreams can be embarrassing, there is nothing to be ashamed or concerned of in most cases. If you are experiencing regular nightfall, it could just mean that your reproductive system is healthy and acting normally. However, if nightfall occurs too frequently or disrupts the quality of your life, you can consult a healthcare professional, such as a sexologist.

Nightfall Causes

Nightfall or nocturnal emissions can occur due to various reasons, and they are more common in adolescents and younger men and women. The primary cause of nightfall is hormonal changes due to puberty.

As you sleep, you may experience vivid, erotic dreams which can lead to a spontaneous orgasm and subsequent release of semen in males and vaginal fluids in females. Nocturnal emissions occurs during the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep when you are dreaming vividly, brain activity is high, and blood flow to the genitals is increased. Nightfall can be triggered due to various factors such as stress, sleeping positions, sexual dreams, or sexual inactivity.

How To Stop Nightfall

There is no way to stop or prevent wet dreams; however, they may be reduced through certain lifestyle changes. Please note that results with these methods aren’t guaranteed:

  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach: To stop nightfall, experts recommend not sleeping on your stomach. When you sleep on your stomach, stimulations of the genitals against the bed can occur, leading to night fall. Hence, try sleeping on your side.
  • Reduce stress: Stress can trigger nightfall in some people. Before sleeping, try to relax by meditating, doing yoga, listening to music, or reading a book. Dr. Vinayak Abbot an expert sexologist in Delhi recommends getting a warm bath before going to bed as a treatment of nightfall.
  • Masturbating or being sexually active: This tip is for adults who complain about frequent nightfall. Being sexually active can prevent the excessive buildup of semen in the testicles, which can then release involuntarily as wet dreams. Masturbating may also help reduce wet dreams; however, it should not be done excessively.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much sperm is released during nightfall?

The amount of sperm released during nightfall depends on many factors such as age, hormone levels, etc., and can vary from person to person.

How to control nightfall?

While there is no guaranteed way to control nightfall, stress management, increased sexual activity, and sleeping on the side rather than on your stomach may help reduce it.

How much nightfall is normal?

Wet dream frequency greatly varies from person to person. Some individuals have them as frequently as a few times per week to several times a month. Others may only experience a few wet dreams in their entire lifetime.

Does nightfall reduce sperm count?

No. The claim that nightfall reduces sperm count is merely a myth. Nightfall or wet dreams, in fact, are a natural way to release old sperm so it can be replaced with newer, healthier sperm.

What is nightfall known as?

Night fall is also known as wet dreams, nocturnal emission, sex dreams, sleep orgasm, or involuntary ejaculation.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Muhammad Haris Burki
Dr. Muhammad Haris Burki - Author Dr. Muhammad Haris Burki is widely known as one of the best sexologists in Lahore and is perhaps best known for introducing a combination of psychiatry and sexology in Pakistan.

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