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I Do Not Sleep. I Fear Having A Wet Dream. How Do I Stop This?

Published: July 28, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I'm having a pretty intense fear of sleep. On some occasions I've had very bad and clear nightmares but never suffered from sleep paralysis despite this I am petrified of having either. I also fear having a wet dream or really any romnatic or sexual dream for two reasons. One it is very embarrassing and two I'm pretty sure I'm bisexual but if I have one of these dreams it will send me into a spiral of self loathing and questioning for up to two or three days in said time I cannot at all be productive. I just don't know what to do to stop these I have taken to staying up very late trying not to sleep and eventually falling asleep with my phone in my hand. I know this is bad for my health and I don't know how to stop this.
Signed: I Do Not Sleep. I Fear Having A Wet Dream. How Do I Stop This?

Dear I Do Not Sleep. I Fear Having A Wet Dream. How Do I Stop This?,

TeenHealthFx is sorry to hear about your fears and lack of sleep. First, we want to assure you that wet dreams are totally normal. In fact, Kid’s Health explains that even though they may be embarrassing, it happens to all males at one point or another. It is a part of growing up and unfortunately something you cannot avoid, especially by not sleeping. Sleep is very important for your health both physically and mentally.

We also want to point out that if you feel you may be bisexual that is completely normal, too. Teens often go back and forth between their sexuality identity and some never decide. We recently answered a question on this. Click here is you want to learn more how to know if you are bisexual.

Again, what you are going through is completely normal. If you still have these fears and cannot sleep, we recommend reaching out to a parent or other trusted adult. It may also be helpful to reach out to a medical professional. If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a health professional, you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400.    

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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