How Lack Of Sleep Impacts Your Sex Life
Not getting enough sleep can actually make your desire dwindle. It’s true! Bear in mind that your performance when you’re bare in bed can count on catching Zs, keep these tips in mind to help liven up your love life.
Experts such as Dr. Justin Laube, clinical instructor in the UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, confirm that the key to great sex lies in the bedroom. Ah, but don’t let your imagination run wild yet. It has little to do with the Kama Sutra or sexy toys.
In truth, charging up your sex drive could be as simple as getting enough sleep. Many studies have proven that getting sufficient sleep can keep colds and infections at bay and even ward off heart disease. More recent research reveals that the better one sleeps, the better his/her sex life will be.
Sleep and Sex Drive
A study published last year in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, just one extra hour of sleep every night raises the odds that a woman will have sexual intercourse by 14 percent. The research project included 171 female subjects who kept track of both their sexual activity and their sleep for two weeks. The data revealed that the subjects who regularly lost sleep had “poorer vaginal arousal” during sexual activity than the women who got enough sleep every night. The latter subjects averaged 7 hours and 22 minutes nightly.
While not enough sleep can put one in a bad mood, which could decrease your sex drive, lead author of the study, Dr. David Kalmbach, reports that sleep could also influence hormone levels, which may affect arousal.
Tips For Sleeping Better
Cambridge, Massachusetts sex therapist Gina Ogden, Ph.D., states that it’s good to reserve the boudoir for two activities: sleep and sex. Here are a couple other tips:
1. Learn How Much Sleep You Need
The National Sleep Foundation reports that all adults between the ages of 17 and 65 require seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Experiment with your bedtime until you learn exactly how much sleep you need to wake up well-rested.
2. Do The Hokey Pokey
If you aren’t able to sleep then have sex. The NSF confirms coitus will help you sleep. The horizontal bop increases the famous “cuddle hormone” oxytocin and also reduces levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol. Orgasms also release the hormone called prolactin which relaxes people and makes them sleepy.
3. “Electronic Detox"
Los Angeles-based psychologist and sex therapist, Shannon Chavez, PsyD, says that three hours prior to bedtime, you should shut off your computer, your smartphone, and your television. This “electronic detox” actually improves sleep.
4. Try To Be A Better (Not Perfect) Sleeper
Kalmbach agrees that an occasional “bad night of sleep” is actually normal. On the other hand, if you regularly feel exhausted or struggle with your sleep constantly then you should consult your friendly, neighborhood physician.
Good night everyone. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
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