Have you ever noticed a correlation in the amount of sleep you get and the amount of sex you have? Recent studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to problems with erections, sexual arousal, lower testosterone levels, hormone fluctuations and lack of interest in sex generally. We all know that not getting enough sleep can affect our levels of energy and our moods. There is nothing sexy about feeling fatigued, stressed and irritable. It can be hard to relax into a saucy encounter when you’re feeling anxiety and tension from not enough sleep.
So what can you do to get a good night’s sleep and be in the best possible shape for all the sexy adventures you want to get up to? Here’s a few tips to help you nod off and improve your sex life too:
Don’t have caffeine or sugar too late in the day. Coffee, tea, energy drinks, sweets, desserts, etc all have high levels of either caffeine or sugar and will make it harder for you to get a good night’s sleep. Everyone has their own tolerance level so just notice for yourself if you think your sleep is being affected by what you eat or drink, particularly after lunch. Some people will be ok to have a dessert with dinner. For others the sugar might keep them awake at night. If you’re finding it hard to sleep, try cutting out that last coffee or tea of the day and see if that helps.
Turn your computer and telly off at least an hour before bedtime. Whether for work or play, being stimulated by the computer or telly too close to light’s out can keep you from falling asleep easily. It’s also been reported that the ‘artificial light (from computers) can suppress melatonin, a hormone linked to sleep’. Find another way to wind down like having a hot bath, reading, or giving your partner a massage. Use that extra hour as time for you and your partner to connect and be intimate, whether it leads to sex or not. You get more time together and better sleep too!
Go to bed earlier than usual. Seems obvious, but has a greater impact than you might realise. A study published in 2009 showed that we can actually store up sleep! In the study, individuals who slept a little extra each night in the week leading up to the sleep deprivation experiment showed a lot less negative effects than their counterparts who did not store up sleep. If your lack of sleep is affecting your sex life or any other part of your life, just getting an extra hour a day will bring great benefits.
Clear out the bedroom. The place you sleep should have a calm and tranquil feel to it. If it is overly cluttered or doubling as a workspace it can be affecting the quality of your sleep. Spend some time clearing away anything that doesn’t need to be in there and tidying up what’s left. Add some things such as soft cushions, candles or luxury blankets that make the room feel soothing to you. Keep this room as your oasis of peace so that sleep will come easy to you.
Have more sex! Ironically, sex can help us to relax, release tension and anxiety and therefore help us to sleep better. We release endorphins and other chemicals when we are aroused so having sex or masturbating at bedtime are great ways to get a better night’s sleep.