Sweaty sheets, hot skin, tired from head to toe...maybe some tissues lying around - is this the scene of a solo sexual encounter or a sick day?
It might be both, if you've ever found yourself sitting in bed on a sick day but thinking about other, much more pleasurable bedroom activities.
And you're not alone, according to science.
Research suggests that being aroused while you have a cold is a real thing - and it might serve a purpose.
Some people feel aroused when they're horny, but science suggests there may be a reason for it. Being turned on and orgasms may help activate the immune system, research suggests
The internet is full of examples of people that feel oddly aroused when they're sick, and case studies document a number of illnesses for which horny-ness can even be a symptom.
For example, a 28-year-old Indian woman whose husband said he 'never noticed during eight years of married life' her having an extreme sex drive was suddenly begging him constantly to get busy, and even having 24-hour orgasms.
Sadly, her sudden insatiable desire was actually a side effect of rabies she'd contracted after being bitten by an infected puppy.
The virus had made its way to her brain, lighting up the portions responsible for arousal before ultimately killing her.
But the relationship between your common cold and your confusing 'come hither' feelings is more involved and yet harder to prove.
There are a number of disparate theories linking sexual feelings and sickness.
One of the better demonstrated ones only seems to hold true for men, who supposedly can find equally good congestion relief by climaxing as they can by taking medication for the symptom.
A scientist named Sina Zarritan proposed the theory in the journal Medical Hypotheses.
Ejaculation - like any other stimulation - revs up the central nervous system.
In particular, it stimulates the