I've come across the claim that masturbation can cure insomnia at several places on the internet, including:

"We think sexual stimulation could help a number of different disorders. A lot of people say they masturbate to help themselves sleep at night but we don't know why cause no one has ever looked."

Although masturbation is unlikely to cure long-term, chronic insomnia, it may certainly be of help if you're struggling with the occasional sleepless night.

"Orgasms release prolactin, which has a soporific effect," he explains, meaning that the hormone plays a role in inducing sleep.

I'm wary of these claims.

Can someone give some references that support or push back against this claim? Surely, there should/must have been some research into this.

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    I'm still unclear if this is question is asking if "masturbation can help you get to sleep" or "masturbation can cure insomnia, the sleep disorder". May 19, 2022 at 3:56
  • @RebeccaJ.Stones "masturbation can cure insomnia, the sleep disorder" though the answer to either question should be correlated. May 19, 2022 at 3:57
  • not really. just getting some sleep doesn't cure insomnia. At most it helps suppress some of its symptoms.
    – jwenting
    May 25, 2022 at 11:59
  • @jwenting source? May 25, 2022 at 13:11
  • Rather you give should sources that it does :) But for example do remember that insomnia is not a single condition. It's in itself a symptom of one of quite a few diseases, which have quite disparate causes (and thus cures).
    – jwenting
    May 26, 2022 at 13:43


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