NoFap Wet Dreams: 12 things you need to know when you have wet dreams on NoFap

NoFap wet dreams guy sits in river

To have wet dreams, otherwise known as nocturnal emissions when you’re on NoFap is a normal thing.

Not only is it normal, but experts have clearly said that nocturnal emission is a natural occurrence. And that it indicates a sign of a fully-functional, healthy, sexual system.

So when it happens, and you find yourself in a poodle of your own making, don’t panic.

A wet dream is a natural way your body uses to get rid of excess, old, and worn-out semen.

And it’s only natural to have all these types of semen build-up through the course of your abstinence from ejaculation.

With all these said, when it comes to having wet dreams on NoFap, there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding the topic.

Some people (on the NoFap forums) will tell you that if you have a wet dream, you’ve relapsed.

As easy as it is to claim this because of the mechanisms surrounding a wet dream, this isn’t true at all.

To get a better understanding of this topic, let’s start from why wet dreams occur in the first place;

Why do wet dreams happen?

  1. The biological reason

Wet dreams are normal and natural!!

Just as I said earlier, its occurrence means your body’s getting rid of old (and in some cases, excess) sperm from your body.

It’s common for a healthy male to have an erection when he gets to the REM stage (the stage where he dreams) in his sleep cycle.

The REM stage is the time your body gets rid of the excess semen if it has to.

You should note that you need not have an erotic dream before you have a wet dream.

I’ve had a friend who had a wet dream while dreaming about cooking lasagna.

I’ve had a wet dream while fixing a car’s gearbox in my dream.

Speaking of erotic dreams, this is the next factor that can cause a wet dream when you’re on NoFap.

  1. It can be caused by having Erotic/Porn dreams

While you can have a wet dream based on a dream that has nothing to do with sex, there can be wet dreams invoked by erotic dreams.

Porn can play a big part in this type of wet dream.

Being on NoFap means no porn. But if you edge to porn during the day, your mind can carry these porn images to your dreams.

Also, if you’re fantasizing to porn, or a real-life girl, erotically—at moments leading to your bedtime, you’re highly likely to have an erotic dream.

The subconscious mind works mysteriously. So, you should note that you don’t necessarily need to have an interaction with porn or erotic fantasies during the day before you have an erotic dream.

  1. Your high Testosterone levels

When you have wet dreams on your NoFap, it might be because your testosterone levels are at their highest.

It was seen firsthand in a study where the researchers gave 39 boys testosterone steroids. The study1 showed that the rate of nocturnal emission of these boys increased significantly.

Reasons why a wet dream on NoFap doesn’t mean you’ve relapsed

Now that you know what causes wet dreams on NoFap, I want you to know that when they happen to you, it doesn’t mean you’ve relapsed.

And it doesn’t mean you’ve lost all the progress you’ve made on your NoFap.

Here are three key reasons that’ll help you clear any doubt that you might have on the issue;

  1. No Porn’s involved

Over the years, excessive porn watching has reprogrammed your reward circuit (dopamine pathways).

The main reason why you’re doing NoFap is to reboot your brain—reboot your reward circuit.

So, the only way to ruin the rebooting process is to start watching porn again.

Now, you might be thinking, “well, I had a porn-related dream when I had that wet dream.”

What you should know is that the porn in your dream was a subconscious thing. You didn’t consciously watch porn. These are two different things.

For starters, your dream state is distorted to your wakefulness state.

What you perceive as two hours of dream might be two seconds in real-time.

Some studies have shown that the duration of our dreams is usually longer in real-time.

When scientists observed lucid dreamers in this study2, their dream time showed an elongation of up to 40% when compared to real-time.

With this logic in mind, if your erotic dream was five minutes long, in reality, you had the dream for about three minutes.

You can’t compare the brain-effect of three minutes of subconsciously dreaming about porn to consciously watching porn for about two hours.

  1. You lose some NoFap benefits, but it’s for a short time

The effects of a full-blown relapse on NoFap can linger for a while (up to one week).

This is not the case with a wet dream on NoFap.

When you have a wet dream, it’s normal for your energy levels and testosterone levels to decrease.

But after two to three days, they get replenished.

One other thing to keep in mind is that you don’t lose all your NoFap “superpowers” when you have a wet dream on NoFap.

Aside from the reduction in energy levels and testosterone, you get to keep all the other crazy benefits of NoFap you’ve been enjoying.

The benefits of NoFap wet dreams

Yes! You read that right.

Having a wet dream on NoFap has its benefits, and here they are;

  1. It’s a sign of a healthy sexual system

I’m a believer in the concept of looking on the bright side of anything that happens.

So, here is one for you to practice;

Anytime you have a wet dream, know that it’s a sign that your body’s sexual systems are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

Everything’s fine. You’re getting brand new and healthier sperm at the end of the day.

  1. A wet dream is an indicator that your NoFap is working

I never did experience having a wet dream when I hit puberty. Because before puberty, I was already a chronic PMO addict.

The first time I ever had a wet dream was when I got to around the one month mark of NoFap. And by this time, I was already a twenty-four-year-old guy.

If you’re like me, chances are that you didn’t have wet dreams at all when you were PMOing in the past.

Wet dreams on NoFap means that you’re doing NoFap the right way and that your brain and body’s sexual systems are re-calibrating, and going back to normal. You can take it as one of the NoFap withdrawal symptoms.

  1. It helps you release built-up sexual tension

As you add days to your NoFap, your sexual energy builds up. And it’s a good thing. You can transmute that sexual energy into other areas of your life.

If you’re single, or you aren’t having sexual intercourse on NoFap, this energy ramps up more.

As beneficial as a built-up sexual energy can be for you, it’s a two-edged sword.

It’s one of those things that can push you to a NoFap relapse.

It can become so intense that you feel like if you don’t ejaculate, you might implode.

This time is that short-windowed juncture where a wet dream can be beneficial for you.

If you have a wet dream, the ejaculation releases the sexual tension.

And this can buy you a few more days of not having to deal with the sexual tension that builds up on NoFap.

Popular myths about NoFap wet dreams

  1. It will stop when I get to a certain age

Nope!

Wet dreams don’t just happen to boys that just hit puberty.

As long as you’re still a virile man that keeps having testosterone secreted, you can’t rule out wet dreams.

With this knowledge, you shouldn’t be worried if you have wet dreams at an age that you think you should have outgrown it.

  1. Only men have wet dreams

Here’s another myth that a lot of people subscribe to when it comes to wet dreams.

Women also have wet dreams. The difference is that men’s wet dreams are more definitely identifiable by the way we ejaculate.

Women’s wet dreams are hard to pinpoint because their orgasm and ejaculation are harder to identify. Some women have never orgasm or ejaculated in their life.

But this doesn’t mean that women don’t also have wet dreams.

Conclusion: Moving forward

  1. Don’t get pushed into the chaser effect realm

The chaser effect is when you have an orgasm, and you start chasing more of it.

So, the days after your wet dream, you should be careful not to go and binge on porn and masturbation.

Now that you know that wet dreams are;

  • a natural occurrence,
  • a healthy thing that happens to you, and
  • it’s a sign that your NoFap’s working;

you should be able to be relaxed in the knowledge that you’re making progress on your NoFap.

  1. Your sleeping position

As much as wet dreams can’t be controlled, this study3 suggests that sleeping on your stomach can increase wet dreams.

So, moving forward, you can try other sleeping positions and see how it works out.

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Sources and Footnotes

  1. Effects of Estrogen or Testosterone on Self-Reported Sexual Responses and Behaviors in Hypogonadal Adolescents
  2. Time for actions in lucid dreams: Effects of task modality, length, and complexity
  3. (The effect of sleep position on dream experiences.

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