Research shows that more people are becoming sleep deprived due to daily stress that they have to go through. We live in a fast-paced society which believes that more time spent at work means better productivity, hence, less sleep. But this simply isn’t true. The less sleep you get, the less productive you become. According to Primary Care Physician Dr. Patricia Mcnair, sleep is fundamental to our well-being. It affects our energy levels, concentration, and mood. Having said that, it’s important that we prioritize having quality sleep.
Married couples are faced with a lot of responsibilities. Some of them have to juggle two jobs just to make ends meet. This leads to the accumulation of too much stress, affecting one’s sleep. Sleep is one of the vital activities our body needs. It’s that crucial time when our body is being recharged for the next day’s activities. If not properly monitored, our lack of sleep can result not only in less productivity at work but also less intimacy at home.
This is where sex comes into play. A group of 400 doctors were surveyed about ways on how to get a good night’s sleep. One third of the doctors said that sex is the best way to induce restful sleep. This information will greatly help married couples to not only have better sleep but also increase their intimacy as well.
This isn’t just a feel good type of solution but a scientific one as well. According to Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg, M.D., there are several factors that could explain how sex can induce sleep. Here’s what they said in their best-selling book, “Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex?”
“After orgasm, both men and women release the chemicals oxytocin, prolactin, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA), and endorphins. Each of these contributes to that roll-over-and-snore feeling. They seem to be secreted in equal amounts in men and women, but we all know who orgasms more frequently.
The hormone oxytocin is known to have several effects... It is also referred to as the “cuddling hormone” since it tends to elicit the need to be close and bond but not in a sexual way. In one study, oxytocin was shown to inhibit male sexual behavior in prairie voles. Maybe it’s the oxytocin that makes us feel satiated and rested after a good romp.
Prolactin is another player in the sex/sleep conundrum. It is produced in the pituitary gland... Prolactin is believed to relieve sexual arousal after orgasm and take your mind off sex. Levels of prolactin rise during sleep, and some patients with prolactin-secreting tumors report frequent sleepiness. So prolactin seems like it may be a culprit too.
Gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) and endorphins also have a calming effect and may make you pass out post-sex...It is thought that exertion during sex and after climax depletes the muscles of energy-producing glycogen. This leaves men feeling sleepy. Since men have more muscle mass than women, men become more tired after sex. Also (believe it or not!) women don’t always have an orgasm, and that keeps them from producing all those other hormones we just talked about.”
So there you have it. Although the explanation is about why men fall asleep more often than women do after sex, it also implies that if men were to cause orgasm in women more during sex, they’ll be able to sleep better as well. While sex is an arousing and stimulating activity, it really is a lot of work, too.