Kink Dictionary



Hypnophilia: The Kink of Sleeping

What is Hypnophilia?

Hypnophilia is a type of paraphilia in which an individual is sexually aroused by the thought of sleeping or watching someone else sleep. It is also known as somnophilia or sleeping princess syndrome. This fetish involves the desire to engage in sexual activities with a sleeping person or to be the sleeping person.

Causes of Hypnophilia

The exact cause of hypnophilia is unknown, but it may be linked to childhood experiences, such as sleeping with a parent or sibling. It can also be a result of a fascination with vulnerability or the idea of being in control.

Consent and Safety

It is important to note that engaging in sexual activities with a sleeping person without their consent is illegal and considered sexual assault. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that all parties involved are willing and able to give informed consent before engaging in any hypnophilia-related activities.

Additionally, it is important to prioritize safety when engaging in hypnophilia activities. The sleeping person should never be left alone or in a vulnerable position, and there should always be a plan in place in case of an emergency.

Exploring Hypnophilia Safely

If you are interested in exploring hypnophilia, it is important to communicate openly and honestly with your partner(s) and establish clear boundaries and safe words. It is also recommended to start with light activities, such as watching your partner sleep, before progressing to more intense activities.

Furthermore, it is important to prioritize self-care and seek professional help if you are struggling with compulsive or harmful hypnophilia-related behaviors.


Hypnophilia may seem unusual to some, but it is a valid and consensual kink for those who are interested in it. As with any kink or fetish, it is important to prioritize consent, safety, and communication when exploring hypnophilia-related activities.

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