If a lack of sleep is hurting your sex life, the answer might lie in having more sex! That’s because sexual satisfaction is a great stress reliever, as well as a way to feel more intimate with your partner.
2015 study showed that men and women who slept longer at night were more likely to experience stronger sexual desire the following day. It’s clear that sex and sleep are closely tied together. Here’s how it works:
When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels increase. Oxytocin is the hormone that underlies trust and is associated with different social bonding acts. Having sex also releases the hormone which can make you feel more connected to your partner.
As the oxytocin levels increase, the production of cortisol decreases (cortisol induces stress).
When both of you can have an orgasm, your bodies release a hormone called prolactin. Linked to sexual satisfaction, the hormone makes you feel relaxed and sleepy.
Instead of lying in bed, worrying about why you can’t fall asleep, turn to your partner and initiate sex. Just do it, even if you’re tired. It’ll give you a deeper sleep later.
Experiment with some of these other tips:
1. Try an alarm clock or setting a daily reminder on your phone to let you know that it’s time to turn in.
2. Keep your bedroom dark; even the smallest amount of light can make it difficult to fall asleep.
3. Daily exercise can help you sleep better.
4. What colors make you feel relaxed? Try painting your bedroom in a peaceful and tranquil color.
5. A bath or hot shower will help you to relax.
6. Don’t eat too late or have dinner close to bed time.
A good night’s sleep leaves us feeling refreshed, relaxed and energetic; all important for feeling sexy!
Keep a little kit by the bedside and be ready! Some suggestions:
Olivia’s Boudoir. Kit includes massage oil, massage candle, kissable body powder, and a tickle feather.