Tired of sleepless nights that not even ZzzQuil can help you? Having sex before saying your goodnights might be the answer.
According to Michele Lastella, Ph.D., sleep researcher at Central Queensland University’s Appleton Institute for Behavioral Science in Australia, you can sleep better after making love. “What we found was 64 per cent of our respondents indicated they slept better when sex was with a partner and it involves an orgasm,” Lastella shared.
The authors of the study surveyed 460 people between the ages of 18 and 70 years old. “The project is based on some preliminary research evidence that, after humans have sex and achieve orgasm, we have a massive release of a hormone called oxytocin,” he said. Apparently oxytocin is considered the “love hormone.” Sexual activity stimulates the release of oxytocin, which then “contributes to relaxation, trust, and psychological stability.” It also helps reduce stress and anxiety, which are for the most part, two major factors that keep us up at night.
So if you are hoping for some shut-eye tonight, put those books and phones away and get it on. “When you’re engaging in sex, you’re not thinking about what to do the next day, you’re not going through your phones. It distracts you,” Lastella added.