Experts in health research confirm that folks with better sleep-lives also have better sex-lives.
Countless studies attest to the immense importance of healthy sleep habits; getting bad sleep has proven to negatively affect pretty much every part of your body. However, folks who need a bit more incentive to improve their sleep-lives might like to know that getting more shut-eye can mean having more sex. Sounds like a win-win to me.
It might sound too good to be true, but the correlation between more sleep and better sex is backed by scientific research. According to a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, women who got just one extra hour of sleep at night increased their odds of having sex the next day by 14% (not bad). Now, just imagine what would happen for women who prioritized two extra hours of sleep at night (cue Marvin Gaye).
Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona Michael Grandner agrees with the studies’ findings: “A really important point is that it’s partially about how you slept last night, but it’s also partially about how you sleep in general. If you’re in general a good sleeper, you’ll be more energized, have a clearer head, and be more focused.”
It sounds obvious that more energy and focus would contribute to better playtime with your partner, but it goes deeper than that — sleep also regulates your hormones.
Studies have indicated that proper sleep can help regulate testosterone, while sleep deprivation causes those levels to drop. When testosterone drops, so does sex drive. Gardner adds: “Sleep plays important roles in regulating other sex hormones, including estrogen, and poor sleep can throw some of these hormones off.”
Sleep is also one of your body’s primary defenses against stress. According to Gardner, healthy sleep habits are inextricably linked to a person’s ability to manage stress in a productive way. He states: “Sleep helps regulate emotions, helps manage emotional memory, and helps create a ‘buffer’ against daily hassles.”
So, do your libido a favor and go to sleep early tonight. When you wake, you may find that you have a little extra energy to make breakfast, and go for a run… and things like that.