Illustration by Dave van Patten

I’m 47, and I Still Have Wet Dreams

They’re actually more pleasurable than embarrassing

Nocturnal emissions, aka “wet dreams,” are typically regarded as an awkward wonder of adolescence. “They tend to occur in teen years when testosterone levels are highest,” explains Dr. Muhammad Mirza, a New York City physician who specializes in men’s sexual health. By his estimation, almost every guy will have experienced at least one nocturnal emission by the age of 24.

While wet dreams in men older than 25 are rare, sexologist Marelize Swart says they’re not unheard of. “While it’s true that wet dreams are much more common in adolescent males who aren’t stimulating themselves to orgasm or having sex with others, wet dreams still may occur in ‘young adults,’ until the age of 35.” There isn’t any hard data on how many grown adult men experience nocturnal emissions, though anecdotal evidence — including dozens of responses to my query on Craigslist — suggest that plenty of guys cum in their sleep well into middle age.

Take P.J., for example, a 47-year-old man who lives in Baltimore….