There’s a good reason why we tend to make love in the same place we sleep—these happen to be two wonderfully pleasant activities that actually go hand in hand!
It’s well-known that not getting enough shut-eye makes you feel irritable and unfocused, but a recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine has shown longer sleep duration corresponds with increased sexual desire in women. Researchers actually estimated women who had plenty of sleep were 14% more likely to engage in “partnered sexual activity” the next day.
Similarly, researchers from the University of Chicago concluded that men who slept less than five hours per night for just one week showed a dramatic decrease in testosterone levels compared to those who got as much sleep as they needed. This hormonal reduction corresponded to the typical testosterone levels of men who were 15 years older—so it was as if the study participants had aged 15 years in one week.
But the connection between slumber and the horizontal tango goes deeper than that: A good old romp in the proverbial hay also happens to be an excellent way to improve your sleep. According to sleep specialist Dr George Beaumont “Even though vigorous exercise late at night is not conducive to sleep … sex seems to induce sleep rather than interrupt it.”
The powerful mix of hormones that are released when we are turned on have a lot to do with why sex has such a powerful effect on sleep.
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So if you’re having major problems with drifting off to the land of nod, cuddle up to your loved one—it heaps more fun than counting sheep!