Thinking about sex doesn’t stop when you fall asleep and many men will be familiar with experiencing a “wet dream” or “nocturnal emission”

While you’re asleep, involuntary ejaculations will sometimes occur when your genitals become stimulated by your clothes or sleeping position, resulting in orgasm and ejaculation. They may even happen when no stimulation to the genitals occurs. Your body produces semen and seminal fluid whether you like it or not, whether you’re sexually active or not. Your body does this regardless of religious or cultural considerations.

If you’re not orgasming regularly, but still are becoming aroused, excess seminal fluid from the prostate can make your genitals sensitive and tender, which may make wet dreams more likely.

Some lads will have frequent wet dreams, up to a few times a week, while others will only experience the odd night-time burst.

But according to a survey, 83% of guys have experienced an ejaculation in their sleep at some point in their lifetime.

Wet dreams are completely natural and are not a sign of any physiological or psychological abnormality or condition, and in fact is a perfectly natural sign that your reproductive system is functioning properly. In other words, wet dreams are not “a problem,” outside of the embarrassment and the mess

If you do want to prevent sex dreams because you don’t enjoy waking up with a wet patch, here’s how to stop overnight orgasms.

1. Relax

It’s possible that feeling stressed out makes men experience more wet dreams, so make some time for yourself and chill out a bit.

Make sure you are sleeping enough, getting regular exercise and enjoying downtime away from work to feel more relaxed.

2. Sleep on your back

To avoid accidental stimulation during the night, sleep on your back and wear loose-fitting clothes.

3. Avoid pornography

Take your mind off dirty thoughts by avoiding sexual images and videos. Stay away from porn, naughty TV shows and naked pictures.

4. Develop a healthy relationship with sex

If you’re in a relationship, be open and communicate with your partner about your feelings and wet dreams.