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A parasomnia, named by the Canadian-based South African psychiatrist Colin M. Shapiro (born 1952) and two co-authors in the title of an article in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry in 2003, involving sexual behaviour initiated by a person who is asleep, sometimes with a willing partner but sometimes causing injury to self or others. It is believed to be related to sleepwalking but distinct from it, especially because of the relatively higher level of arousal typical of sexsomnia. [A blend of sex and (para)somnia]

Subjects: Psychology.

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