I love sleep. I love sex. But did you know that these two activities are not mutually exclusive? Yes they happen (usually) in bed, but they are far more linked than that. Not getting enough sleep can have a negative impact on our sex lives, which is why I am please to present today’s guest post, all about sleep for better sex.
More sleep = Better sex…it’s win-win!
Improved technique in the bedroom is not just about learning a few new saucy tricks. In fact, having a healthy mind and body can be one of the greatest contributors to having a fulfilling sex life; and if you want to spice things up in your bedroom, put down the Kama Sutra, because today we’re going to talk about sleep for better sex.
According to a survey taken in 2005, one out of three married couples felt as though their sex life is negatively impacted by their sleep patterns. These couples also felt like their partner’s snoring or insomnia may also be negatively impacting their sex lives. And any new mother will attest to the fact that lack of sleep which typically accompanies a new baby is a huge contributor to their waning sex drive.
A study done in 2011 verified the truth in these claims; this study observed people with chronic sinus problems who were asked to evaluated their sex lives before and after they were treated for their sinus issues. While these participants were losing sleep due to sinus issues, their sex lives suffered the most. However, after their sinus issues were fixed and they were able to improve the quality of their sleep, steep improvements in their sex lives were reported by all.
In 2009, the magazine Sleep published the results of a study that looked at the idea of banking sleep. This study indicated that we have the ability to stash extra hours of sleep. Participants in this study found that if they gave themselves extra time in bed one week, they did not notice the effects of sleeping less the following week. Therefore, if you know that you have busy week in front of you, endeavor to bank up a few hours on the weekend. These few extra hours will give your libido the boost that it needs to get through the busy week!
To really improve your sex life, you should try to create a restful atmosphere in your bedroom. If possible, you should avoid using the laptop while in bed, as the artificial light created by most technological devices like iPhones, computer and televisions can reduce the body’s ability to produce melatonin, a natural sleep hormone. As an added bonus, if you do not bring the laptop to bed, you might have to find other ways to amuse yourself- you and your partner may be able to think of activities that are much more fun than staring at your favorite website.
As women, we should make an extra effort to get enough sleep for better sex. We tend to link our emotions to sex more than our male counterparts; and because lack of sleep can make us feel tired and depressed, it is important to our overall sense of happiness that we get enough sleep. So if you’ve noticed you’re your bedroom enjoyment is lacking, a bit of extra sleep may be the simplest solution. By taking care of your body’s need for sleep, you will increase your libido, and ultimately, have a better sex life!