The #1 Thing To Do If You Want A Much Better Sex Life, According To Study

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According to some estimates, more than 40 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder. That said, sleep problems are more prevalent in women than in men, especially during and after menopause.

The lack of a good night’s rest increases stress levels and affects energy. It is also a risk factor for numerous health conditions.

Your sex life is also closely related to the quality of sleep. The most recent study provided a more detailed insight into the mysterious relationship between sleep and sex.

In fact, getting more sleep leads to better sex. Here are all the details:

1. Good sleep leads to sexual satisfaction during menopause.

Despite the fact that sleep disturbances and sexual dysfunction are common in menopause, the link between the two remains unclear.

In order to get more insight into the nature of their association, a team of researchers at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) carried out a study. The primary objective was to determine whether sleep characteristics were linked to sexual satisfaction and activity. 

Scientists analyzed data from 93,668 women aged between 50 and 79 who were enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. They used insomnia rating scale to measure insomnia, of course, and a questionnaire to assess sleep-disordered breathing risk. 

Findings from the study were published in the journal "Menopause" and they showed that short sleep duration (fewer than 7-8 hours per night) was strongly associated with decreased odds of sexual satisfaction.

Furthermore, 56 percent of participants reported being somewhat satisfied with the current sexual activity while 52 percent reported partnered sexual activity within the past year. About 31 percent of women in the study struggled with insomnia. 

The multivariable adjustment demonstrated that healthier sleep pattern was linked to better sexual satisfaction while the shorter duration of good night’s rest was linked with lower odds for partnered activity and decreased satisfaction. 

Researchers who worked on this study explain the growing need to recognize the link between menopause symptoms and lack of sleep on sexual activity and satisfaction. Women should feel free to discuss this problem with their healthcare providers. 

2. Sleep problems ruin men’s sex life too.

Although women are more likely to suffer sleep disturbances, particularly after menopause, men can also experience various issues. Just like with women, sleep problems can negatively affect one’s sex life.

Researchers from Germany conducted a study which enrolled 401 male patients with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Basically, the breathing stops and starts again. When left unresolved this disorder can have serious consequences. 

Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire that focused on sexual intercourse satisfaction, orgasmic function, sexual desire, and overall satisfaction.

The Journal of Sexual Medicine published findings from this study and showed that erectile dysfunction was present in 69 percent of patients with sleep apnea and 34 percent participants without this disorder. In fact, sleep apnea was closely related to both erectile dysfunction and overall sexual dysfunction, scientists found.

Evidence also shows that men with sleep apnea have decreased levels of sexual activity, primarily because of the production of testosterone declines. 

3. More sleep means more sex and vice versa.

Another recent study that analyzed the influence of nightly sleep duration and quality in sexual desire and activity made a similar discovery.

The findings revealed that longer sleep duration was related to greater next-day sexual desire. Moreover, 1-hour increase in sleep length corresponded with 14 percent higher odds of engaging in partnered sexual activity.

Not only that, but quality sleep also improved vaginal lubrication in women who participated in the study. This is probably due to the re-energizing effect of good night’s rest. 

The same way that more sleep leads to more sex, the opposite is true as well. Lack of sexual activity can worsen your sleep. Why? Sex helps you unwind, relax, and fall asleep easily.

You’ve been there already; after a good mind-blowing sex, you sleep like a baby. After orgasm, our bodies release a significant amount of hormone oxytocin, which lowers stress and provides deep relaxation. As a result, you fall asleep easily. 

In women, sex increases levels of the hormone estrogen, which plays a role in your REM cycle for a deeper sleep. Men experience similar effects after they climax. The body produces the hormone prolactin, which is associated with sleepiness.

Now that you know how to sleep better, you know what to do — increase the frequency of intercourse. Plus, it can only be good for your relationship too.

How much sleep do you need? Generally, both men and women are advised to get about 7 or 8 hours of sleep. But besides the duration itself, you should also set up a regular sleep schedule. What’s that? This means your bedtime and wake-up time should be the same every night/morning. 

A growing body of evidence confirms the relationship between quality and duration of good night’s rest and sex frequency and satisfaction. Both sleep and sex go hand in hand, meaning you should sleep more for better sex life and strive to have intercourse regularly in order to get better sleep.