IF sex feels like a chore, it might mean you need more sleep. Not getting enough Zs can crash libido.
The neurobiologist Dr. Verena Senn, head of sleep research at bed company Emma, explains to Claire Dunwell why we should have an early discharge tonight.
BETTER ORGASMS: Sleep deprivation zaps energy and causes irritability that limits intimacy.
Cortisol levels rise and testosterone is suppressed, meaning poor sleep reduces not only desire but also the likelihood of good sex.
Getting at least seven hours of sleep boosts testosterone production — especially in men — and the more sleep we get, the higher the levels.
Sleep can also boost confidence in how we look and help balance our autonomic nervous system, which regulates core functions like breathing and digestion, making us more likely to orgasm.
INCREASES LIBIDO: Better sleep also increases sex drive in women.
A US study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that every additional hour of sleep women had the night before increased their chance of initiating sex by 14 percent.
Sex drive is related to the timing of our testosterone production. While men’s levels rise steadily at night and peak in the morning, women’s levels rise slightly overnight.
But mood and connection with her partner have a significant impact on most women’s testosterone production, meaning a woman’s sex drive is more likely to increase in the evening after they’ve been spending time together.
MORE IN THE ZONE: Sleep reduces stress hormone levels and allows us to be more “present” in our bodies.
This is key to both desire and sexual interaction. Getting enough kip makes us happier and more relaxed, allowing for a deeper connection that leads to better intimacy.
IENCOURAGES CREATIVITY: Sleep increases creativity, so you’re more likely to experiment in the bedroom — like trying new positions or foreplay. Getting between seven and nine hours of good sleep is the secret to great sex, and for women, it boosts confidence.
LONGER SEX: When we lack sleep, we have less energy and become more irritable. This, in turn, can limit our intimacy. When we are exhausted, levels of the stress hormone cortisol rise.
And testosterone, the hormone that increases libido in both women and men, is suppressed. When sleep increases energy levels, sexual stamina improves, which means lovemaking lasts longer.
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