Want a good night's sleep? Have sex. Want better sex? Get a good night’s sleep. So say the medical experts.
Sex before bedtime is one of the best ways to guarantee a good night's sleep, studies and surveys of doctors have revealed. If you want to have an awesome sex life, what you need is sleep, lots of it. Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Sleep and Circadian Research Laboratory conducted a study to determine the role good sleep plays in sexual health among women. They discovered that enough sleep can enhance the sexual desire and arousal of women and that lack of sleep can affect these two things negatively even if the women are of excellent mental health.
Unfortunately, on a less romantic note, doctors often recommended sleeping in separate beds as a good way to ensure that couples enjoy undisturbed, quality sleep. Snoring and restlessness can be distracting. But most doctors recommend sex before going to sleep as a way to aid restful sleep. And doctors overwhelmingly agree that people are putting their health at risk by not getting enough quality of sleep.
In one published survey, doctors reported that people will avoid medical help or take action to address health problems resulting from poor sleep because they feel their condition is not serious enough. That’s a big mistake.
In the University of Michigan study, about 160 college-age women volunteered to participate. Initially, they answered questionnaires relating to their state of mood such as anxiety or sexual distress. Then for the next two weeks, they responded to a series of questionnaires that detailed how they slept the previous night and sexual activity over the last 24 hours.
When the results were analyzed, the researchers determined that women who slept on the average of 7 hours were over 13% more likely to engage in a sexual activity the next day. Moreover, the more they sleep, the more they desired sex. Those who engaged in sexual activity, meanwhile, reported better lubrication of the vagina than those who had less sleep. While this study was a comprehensive look at the relationship between sleep and sexual health, it remains unclear as to why women with good sleep tend to have a more enhanced sexual desire. Very likely, it has something to do with hormones. Women are more sensitive to hormonal changes. Women tend to complain more often of lack of sleep due to hormone disruption, especially during menstruation and menopause. However, lack of sleep can also cause hormonal imbalances.
Sleep is a fundamental part of our wellbeing, affecting us in many ways including energy levels, concentration and mood. The experts all agree and strongly recommend that people take steps to make sleep more of a priority in their life and take action to address problems that regularly disturb their sleep. And make time for sex.