Legal cases[ edit ] Sex offender controversies[ edit ] The number of sex offenders claiming sexsomnia as the cause of their offenses is rapidly growing. In the most recent study of sexsomnia, individuals were surveyed at a sleep disorder center. Reducing stress and anxiety triggers may reduce the likelihood of an exacerbation of the disorder. Anticonvulsant therapy is used to treat sexual behaviors that result secondary to sleep related epilepsy. Increased exposure has resulted in a conversation between those who have the disorder and those directly affected. According to the defense, "A person who commits an act during unconsciousness or sleep has not committed a voluntary act and is not criminally responsible for the act. The Australasian Sleep Association has urged qualified physicians to contribute in expert testimony in such cases to ensure the individual's claims are valid and not just an attempt to be released of sexual offense charges. Medications[ edit ] Clonazepam , commonly referred to as Klonopin , has been prescribed as treatment for sexsomnia. The most common use of this medication is for the treatment of anxiety , seizures, panic disorders , and sleep disorders. State[ edit ] Smith v. Charges were brought against Halvarsson after reports of sexual assault were filed by his girlfriend at the time. The use of open discussion and understanding between couples decrease the negative emotional feelings and stress felt and generates a support system.