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Does Masturbation Work For Insomnia?

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It’s true, folks. Masturbation is both popular and effective for treating insomnia. So say 849 patients who self-reported their Insomnia symptoms and treatments at CureTogether.

It doesn’t seem either scientific or appropriate to go into a personal story here, so I’ll spare you the details.

But it is interesting to note that for insomnia, some of the pharmaceutical options seem to be quite effective. We saw the opposite with Migraine and Depression, where natural alternatives beat drugs.

Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for almost 2 years now. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.

This is the third in a series of infographics we’ll be publishing over the coming weeks. Stay tuned and please give your feedback or thoughts on this result in the comments below – or write to me at

Please tweet, blog, or pass this along to anyone who can benefit or is interested in Insomnia. Thank you!

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4 Responses to “Does Masturbation Work For Insomnia?”

  1. Extremely interesting and surprising! Since a lot of porn is on computers these days, I wonder if there’s a negative effect of bright screens on sleep. Great stuff.

  2. Thought you might appreciate this history of masturbation: Whacking off: a psychological history -

  3. Colin Mackie Says:

    I’m shocked, only two comments! I’ve had problems with this for close to 25 years. Nothing seems to work, not even meditation. I’ve got myself a Zeo and I’m going to see if I can lick it with that.

  4. Hi Colin,
    Good luck with the Zeo!! I hope it works for you – 25 years is a long time to not be sleeping well. Would love to hear how it works for you as you go!
    Be well,
    Alex (who should be sleeping right now but is up with the kids…)

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