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Hint-Hint! Having An Orgasm Helps Cure Insomnia (Says Science)

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1 in 3 people suffer from insomnia. 

Insomnia doesn't necessarily mean you don't sleep at all, it can also mean your quality of sleep is, as medical professionals say, crappy as hell. 

I'm one of those sufferers, usually during the summer months, and can say with authority that it can be challenging to find a way to break the cycle and get the rest you need.


Some people swear by supplements like rounds of melatonin, or drugs like Ambien. I tend to stay away from them after an incident involving me, Ambien, and waking up in the nude and in a cold sweat on the ladder of my loft bed 20 hours later. Yeah. Good times.

But if you're looking for a new way to encourage your body to drift off to the land of nod with out all of the terrifying potential side-effects, I have some exciting news.

Orgasms can actually cure insomnia.

Yep, that's right! Having an orgasm might be the the key to falling asleep.

Here's exactly how it works:

When you have an orgasm your body releases endorphins. These chemicals are known for making you feel intensely good, but their second affect is to make you feel mad sleepy. 

But that's not the only brain cocktail that's released when you have an orgasm.


At climax, your body basically turns into a fun, sexy tiki bar cocktail of chemicals (crushed ice, plastic monkeys, the whole nine yards).

This includes the bonding chemical oxytocin. It also includes vasporessin, a chemical that counteracts the effects of cortisol, the stress chemical.

Less stress = relaxation = lowered heart rate = sleepy time for you, you cunning orgasmic creature! 

So your orgasm doesn't just feel good, and it doesn't just make you feel closer to your partner, it helps regulate your body and prepare it for sleep.

It's funny, we think of men as being the ones to pass out post sexy times, but now that I think about it, I've never felt better than those times my head as hit the pillow right after I've finished biting it in ecstasy. 

So forget the meds and the supplements. If you want to get a great night's sleep and beat the bummer of insomnia start having lots of sex ASAP.