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How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Sex Life
It may come as no surprise that the secret to great sex lies in the bedroom. But what you may not realise is that it has nothing to do with crazy toys or positions; in fact, revving your sex drive might be as simple as getting more sleep.
The benefits of sleep are widely known: Getting enough shut-eye can do everything from ward off heart disease to keep colds and other infections at bay. But new research shows that the better you sleep, the better your sex life will be.
Read on to learn how lack of sleep impacts your sex life, and what you can do to catch more zzz’s tonight.
Sleep and Sex Drive
According to a study published in 2015, just one hour of extra sleep per night increases the odds that a woman will have sex with her partner by 14 percent. The study also found that women who chronically lack sleep experience poorer vaginal arousal during sex than those who get enough shut-eye each night. The women with longer sleep duration slept for 7 hours and 22 minutes, on average, per night.
Although it’s known that lack of sleep can worsen your mood, which may in turn decrease your sex drive, there may be other factors at play. Sleep may also affect hormone levels, which may cause changes in desire and arousal.
Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep
So how can you catch more zzz’s? First, it’s important to understand that sleep is crucial for fostering desire. Sleep helps you “clear” yourself of unpleasant experiences from the day, such as an irate boss or a missed deadline, and allows you to relax and enjoy the moment with your partner.
Remember to reserve the bedroom for only two activities: sleep and sex. Then try these simple tips to get more shut-eye tonight!
# Know how much sleep you need. Adults ages 18 to 64 need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Try moving up your bedtime until you reach an amount of sleep that leaves you feeling refreshed and well-rested.
# Get frisky. Can’t sleep? Instead of tossing and turning, initiate sex with your partner. Having sex will actually help you sleep. The reason: Sex increases the “cuddle hormone” oxytocin and decreases cortisol (a stress-related hormone). Plus, having an orgasm releases a hormone called prolactin, which makes you feel relaxed and sleepy.
# Try an ‘’electronic detox”. Three hours before you hit the hay, turn off your TV, computer and cell phone. When you follow this rule, you will find that your sleep improves.
# Aim to be a better sleeper, not a perfect one. And know when you need professional help. Having a bad night of sleep every now and then is normal. But if you constantly struggle with sleep or feel exhausted much of the time, talk to your physician or sleep doctor.