What happens to your vagina while you sleep revealed
What happens to your vagina while you sleep at night – and it turns out it’s very busy
There’s a lot of activity down there – especially during the REM sleep phase – and it’s actually quite similar to that of a man’s penis
Have you ever wondered what happens to your vagina while you sleep?
Truth to be told, us neither.
But that doesn’t mean that while you get your eight hours beauty sleep, your vagina is resting on its laurels. Oh no.
Instead, it’s busy at work.
What’s more, your vagina’s nocturnal activity is actually quite similar to that of a man’s penis.
The technical term for it is ‘nocturnal clitoral tumescence’, whereas in men, it’s called ‘nocturnal penile tumescence’ – though you may typically refer it as “morning glory”.
So what is “nocturnal clitoral tumescence”?
Compared to its male counterpart, little is known about NCT (NOT to be confused with the National Childbirth Trust).
What we do know is it’s a spontaneous swelling of the clitoris during sleep or when waking up.
This is believed to occur especially during the REM phase of sleep and is connected to the absence of norepinephrine – which is what prevents blood flow to the genitalia ans prevents erections – during REM.
Given that you have between four to five REM phases during the night, this means a lot of NCT.
Not only this, but there’s another side-effect of NCT, and something that doesn’t happen when men have nocturnal penile tumescence.
“The interesting thing that’s different to males is women are more likely to have an orgasm at the same time during the dream phase,” Dr Sergio Diez Alvarez – Director of Medicine at Maitland and Kurri Kurri Hospitals, University of Newcastle tells Mamamia.