• 6 months ago

    I'm not sure if this is serious or not...

    I do intend on going to a doctor, but I'd like to know what to expect and if other people have had this happen before. I am an eighteen year old human male, 5 ft. 11.5 inches tall, I'm in rather good shape, and have never had intercourse to obtain an STD. I had fallen asleep at around 3:30 or 4 and that isn't unusual for me. I had awoken and found that my legs were completely numb but I could feel movement in my hips. I noticed that my legs were convulsing (not violently, but enough to freak me out.), and I attempted to move my hand down to try to get it to stop. I couldn't move my arms either. I could move my eyes because I was looking around the room panicking, but I couldn't move anything else. So, I laid there, freaking out, and I eventually got feeling back in my legs long enough to notice that my boxers were wet. I went to the bathroom and took them off to notice that it wasn't urine at all, it was semen. I cleaned myself up, and noticed in the process that the muscles in my legs were SUPER sore. It almost felt like I had been doing squats all night. Any answers would be nice and appreciated!

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  • 6 months ago

    RE: I'm not sure if this is serious or not...

    With the understanding that none of us can say for sure from just this description, I'll take a stab at it.

    Sounds like what you experienced was a normal wet dream, plus normal sleep paralysis as you were exiting a REM dream phase.

    The sleep paralysis can be quite unnerving as you've noticed, but it is a normal consequence of REM sleep. A deep inner part of the brain known as the pons blocks signals from our brains to our spines, resulting in a form of paralysis. Sleep scientists theorize this is to keep us from physically acting out our dreams. So not having this reaction would actually be more of a problem.

    During the REM phase, males often experience an erection, females clitoral engorgement. For a guy your age to have a wet dream as you've described is not unusual at all. It more than likely will not be the last either, at least until you get a girl friend '-)

    You can look up 'sleep cycles' for more info on this. Also 'hypnopompic hallucination', this typically is when we emerge from from a REM dream phase.

    As for the soreness, cannot say for sure. If the soreness diminished during the day and you were not otherwise bothered by this, I wouldn't be overly concerned.