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Summary

Nightfall, also known as a nocturnal emission or wet dream or sex dream, is an involuntary or spontaneous orgasm, which occurs during sleep and leads to the discharge of semen in males or vaginal secretion in females. It is most common in adolescents, and sexually active adults, especially when they have erotic dreams. The ejaculated fluid in men is called semen and it appears as a slightly thick, sticky discharge on the undergarments when one wakes up suddenly or early in the morning. It is sometimes embarrassing to find out and discuss this with anyone, especially parents. Causes of nightfall are hormonal changes and increased sexual urges. Diagnosis is made mainly by history and clinical examination. Prevention involves changes in thought process and certain lifestyle habits. Counselling is the choice of treatment, though herbal remedies may help control the symptoms.

(Read more: Dhat syndrome)

  1. What is nightfall
  2. Nightfall symptoms
  3. Nightfall causes and risk factors
  4. How to prevent nightfall
  5. Nightfall diagnosis
  6. Nightfall treatment
  7. How to stop night fall at home
  8. Nightfall side effects
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Nightfall or wet dream is a common condition in which a person (usually adolescent boys or adults) has an erotic dream due to which, semen is discharged unknowingly during sleep. It appears as a white, sticky discharge on the undergarments which may lead to wetting of bed as well. Generally, the dream is completely forgotten. It is the moment in the erotic dream over which a person has no control that causes ejaculation without masturbation or even without stimulation of the penis in any way. It can happen in females as well.

There are generally no other signs and symptoms associated with nightfall as it is not a medical disorder. It is a natural phenomenon which occurs in adolescent men or women.

  • In males, there is a sticky discharge seen on the undergarments or on the bed sheet in the middle of the night (generally during deep sleep).
  • In females, it appears as a vaginal discharge on the undergarment or as a lubricant that is secreted due to sexual arousal.

Causes

During puberty or adolescence, the body undergoes a lot of hormonal changes. One of the significant changes is the maturation of sex organs and associated hormonal changes. It leads to increased sexual urges, which occur either due to being in contact with the opposite sex, watching pornographic videos among others. Nightfall is a result of increased sexual urge and lack of sexual activity. During sleep, sometimes erotic and sexually arousing dreams cause the ejaculation of semen in males or vaginal secretions in females. All these changes are due to the constant action and secretion of sex hormones like testosterone in men and oestrogen and progesterone in women. Semen build up in the sex organs is also another important cause of wet dreams in males.

Risk factors

There are no risk factors associated with nightfall as it is not a disease and doesn’t affect the health in any manner.

There are no known methods to prevent nightfall. Since it is a natural phenomenon, prevention is not necessary. Preventive measures are advised if the frequency of nightfall is high (2-3 times a week). To control the episodes of nightfall one can try the following methods:

  • Understand when and why such dreams occur.
  • Understand the myths associated with it and don’t blame yourself for it.
  • Seek help from a doctor to clear any doubts.
  • Avoid or decrease your stress level.
  • Sleep on your back.
  • Avoid spicy food.
  • Avoid things that cause sexual arousals, such as pornographic videos or sex-related programmes.
  • Have healthy sexual relations with your partner or masturbate regularly. (Read more: Benefits of sex for men and women)

The only way to diagnose nightfall is to observe the presence of a sticky discharge on the undergarments at night or in the morning. It is a purely clinical diagnosis made on the basis of the person’s history. No blood tests or imaging tests can help diagnose nightfall.

There is no treatment plan or regime to treat nightfall. Counselling is advised to individuals who have encountered nightfall frequently and who feel disturbed by the episodes.

Lifestyle management

No pre-defined lifestyle management changes are suggested to limit nightfall. However, a few things can help reduce its frequency, such as:

  • Stress management by indulging in yoga or physical exercises can be opted for.
  • Masturbation and indulging in healthy physical relationships with the partner is advised. (Read more: How to have safe sex)
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Overexposure to sexually explicit content like pornographic videos and other activities, which increase the sex drive of a person should be limited.

Some home remedies might help in reducing the frequency of nightfall. These include:

Pomegranate and honey for nightfall

What to do?

One can eat a pomegranate daily or take pomegranate peel powder to manage nightfall. Just keep pomegranate peels for two to three days in the sun to dry. Grind the peels in a mixer to prepare a powder. Then, take one spoon of pomegranate peel powder with some honey.

Dosage

You can eat this mixture twice a day until satisfactory results are achieved.

Benefits

Pomegranate contains antioxidants and promotes blood circulation. If pomegranate peels do not show any benefits, then drink pomegranate juice daily. Follow this for a month or two, and you can limit the episodes of nightfall.

Garlic to cure nightfall

What to do?

First, wash two to three garlic cloves and cut them into small pieces. Chew them and drink a glass of water. Alternatively, you can include garlic in cooked dishes.

Dosage

Once daily before sleeping.
 
Benefits

Garlic contains allicin that improves blood flow to the penis and prevents nightfall.

Onion and honey to control nightfall

What to do?

Take a small onion and extract its juice. Now add some honey to the juice. Mix them well and drink. You can eat onions in salads and sandwiches as well.

Dosage

Drink this mixture twice a day.

Benefits

Onion is known to treat many health problems like hair fall, cough, and more. Along with this, it is also a very good home remedy for wet dreams.

Yoghurt as nightfall remedy

What to do?

You can either eat yoghurt alone or with meals. Apart from this, “raita”, buttermilk, and other drinks can also be made from yoghurt.

Dosage

Two to three times a day.

Benefits

This is not only a great home remedy for nightfall, but is also good for general health. Curd helps to improve digestion. Eating yoghurt gives you a good night sleep and also helps in getting rid of sexual dreams.

Amla (Indian gooseberry) to prevent nightfall

What to do? 

You can drink a glass of Indian gooseberry juice and can even add turmeric and honey to it. Alternatively, you can mix amla powder in a glass of water and then drink this mixture before bedtime.

Dosage

Amla juice and powder can be taken two to three times a day.

Benefits

Amla is considered an effective home remedy for overall health and it will help limit episodes of nightfall. Vitamin C in Amla is a potent antioxidant that can help prevent nightfall.

Almond milk and honey to avoid nightfall

What to do? 

Keep 6-7 almonds soaked in water overnight. Remove the peels in the morning and grind them in a mixer to prepare a paste. Now add one teaspoon of this paste to a glass of hot milk with some honey and drink while still warm.

Dosage

Drink almond milk daily at night half an hour before sleeping.

Benefits

Almond milk contains beneficial minerals such as potassium, magnesium, selenium, vitamin E and antioxidants that make the body strong and healthy.

Fenugreek seeds and honey are a solution to nightfall

What to do? 

First, take a spoon full of honey and two spoons of fenugreek seeds. Mix them well and drink daily before sleeping.

Dosage

Daily once a day until satisfactory results are obtained.

Benefits

Fenugreek seeds help to balance hormones, which controls nightfall.

Bananas keep nightfall at bay

What to do? 

Eat two bananas with a glass of hot milk.

Dosage

Once daily in the morning.

Benefits

Banana and milk are an ancient and effective home remedy for nightfall. The preperation ends the problem of increased sexual urge and excitement and also strengthens male genital health.

Sage or liquorice tea to control nightfall

Sage Tea or liquorice tea may be consumed before bed to reduce nightfall.

The outcome is generally good for nightfall as it is a naturally occurring phenomenon in males and sometimes in females. There are no recorded complications encountered due to nightfall. Low self-esteem, emotional disturbances and behavioural changes can occur in some people who are unable to discuss the episodes with anyone.

Dr. Abdul Haseeb Sheikh

Dr. Abdul Haseeb Sheikh

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References

  1. Planned Parenthood Federation of America. What’s the deal with erections, ejaculation, and wet dreams?. [Internet]
  2. National Health Portal [Internet] India; Kasrat-e- Ihtilaam (Excessive Nocturnal Emission)
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  4. Om Prakash, Sujit Kumar Kar, T. S. Sathyanarayana Rao. Indian story on semen loss and related Dhat syndrome. Indian J Psychiatry. 2014 Oct-Dec; 56(4): 377–382. PMID: 25568479
  5. National Health Portal [Internet] India; Surát-e- Inzaal (Premature ejaculation)
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