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Want Better Sex? Here's Why Science Says You Need To Master Sleep, First

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The science behind why, without great sleep, you won't be having great sex.

Having an awesome sex life is a dream for all the couples in the world. Unfortunately, many people hit roadblocks along the way.

Reports show that Americans are having less and less sex.

A write-up of the study on CNN.com explains that, "according to a 2017 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the large general social survey (GSS) found that American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s than they did in the late 1990s, a decline that wasn't explained by longer work hours or increased use of pornography."

Another report shows that around 31 percent of men and nearly 45 percent of women have some sorts of sexual problems.  

Due to the problems in our sex lives, many people are seeking solutions. If you search this topic on the internet, you will find many ways to improve your sex life. But, the negative fact is that there are plenty of fake products that are promoted there. 

Yes, there are also some great products on the internet that can improve your sex life, but in this article, let's focus on natural solutions for how to have better sex and improve your sex life.

As it turns out, there is one simple thing you can do for a great sex life: sleep.


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Enough sleep improves your sex life, and this study has proven it. With statistic showing 1 out of 3 Americans not getting enough sleep, the link can easily be made between sleep and sex.  

The lack of sex and sleep share some common causes like stress. The sleep deprivation can lead to problems in sex life while the lack of sex can lead to sleep problems. A person who has enough sleep usually is found enjoying better sex.

In the upcoming sections of this article, we will take a closer look at the link between sleep and sex from different angles.  

How does sleep impact the sex life of women?

There are many women who are struggling with both low sex drive and the lack of sleep. As mentioned in the earlier part of the article, around 45 percent of women have some sorts of sexual problems in comparison to 31 percent of men.  

The lack of sleep and sexual problems are closely related to each other. The most common problem of women, when brought to a sex therapist, is the lack of sex drive. And, the reason for the lack of sex drive is the tiredness, which is caused due to the lack of sleep.

Making a woman sleep a good night sleep can significantly help in raising the sex drive of a woman. The study has found that there is a positive relationship between the hours slept and the level of sex drive in the next day. An extra hour of sleep can increase the sex drive of a woman by nearly 14 percent.  

It’s necessary for women to sleep well for a better genital arousal.

What are the impacts of sleep on the sex life of men? 

The impacts of sleep problem on sexual functionalities are more in women in comparison to men. However, it does not mean that sleep problems have no impact on men sexual health. The lack of sleep also affects men in various ways.  

There was a study to find out the impact of lack of sleep on testosterone level of men. The conclusion of that study was that the lack of sleep can significantly decrease the level of testosterone in men.  

Testosterone is the major sex hormone in men. A lack of testosterone can significantly decrease the sex drive in men. The lack of sex drive is not the only problem that men experience due to the lack of sleep. According to the study, the lack of sleep can also lead to an erectile dysfunction. Note that erectile dysfunction is the most common sexual dysfunction in men.

According to the statistic, around 18 million American men are diagnosed with erectile dysfunction. So, it is very clear that the lack of sleep can crush the overall sex life of men. Men must avoid sexual dysfunctions to perform well on the bed. In order to avoid sexual dysfunctions, it’s important for men to sleep well.  


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What are the impacts of sex on sleep?

We have discussed a lot on how the lack of sleep can impact the sex life of both genders. With that said, the lack of sex can also have negative impacts on sleep. The lack of sex can negatively impact sleep, which increases the stress.  

The sex experts have claimed that the lack of sex can lead to irritability and difficulty in getting enough sleep. The hormone that is associated with stress is cortisol. And, there is a link between cortisol and orgasms. The level of cortisol is decreased after an orgasm.

So, it can be said that orgasm helps in decreasing the level of cortisol in the body, which ultimately leads to the reduction of stress.

Moreover, there is also a link between an orgasm and oxytocin. Oxytocin is known as a love hormone. This hormone is responsible for enhancing the connection between partners.

The level of oxytocin increases after an orgasm. What this means is that the connection between partners increases after an orgasm. More love between couples means a higher chance of a higher sexual frequency.  

According to the experts, there could be some gender-specific impacts of sex on sleep. In the case of women, the hormone known as estrogen increases after sexual intercourse, which leads to sleepiness. In case of men, the hormone named prolactin is released after an orgasm, which leads to sleepiness.

It’s now clear that the lack of sleep is a hidden cause of a poor sex life and also one of the reasons for sleep problems is a lack of sex.

The discovery of this link can help medical researchers find the common solution for the two major problems of the lack of sleep and the lack of sex.  

After this finding, the experts have recommended people to follow sleep hygiene suggestions and take care of their sexual health for an improved sleep and sexual pleasure. Experts have also suggested people reduce the Smartphone usage and focus on spending more time with their partners.


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Donna Begg is an expert editor, a mentor, analyst, and a researcher.

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