Can Sex Help You Get Better Sleep?

Sex and sleep

Have you ever had one of those nights where you just can’t fall asleep? You keep tossing and turning until your spouse suggests a little roll in the hay to help you doze off. You do it and it actually works! You both fall asleep within minutes and you sleep more soundly than ever. You might wonder if there’s a real reason behind what just happened. Can sex make you fall asleep faster and provide a deeper, more restful snooze?

As if sex isn’t great enough on its own, it turns out that it actually does help you fall asleep. Here’s why.

Sex releases hormones that help promote sleeplessness. Oxytocin, the feel-good hormone, and prolactin, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, help relax the body and help you fall asleep more easily.[1] During sex, endorphins are also released which give your body a pain-killing effect that also helps soothe you before sleep.[2] Sex also lowers the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, and provides an immediate reduction in tension and anxiety.[3]

If you’re a woman, there’s an added bonus that comes with the climax. Production of the hormone estrogen increases and allows your body to fall into a deeper sleep during your sleep cycles.[4] Sex doesn’t only help your sleep life, it also boosts your immunity, gives your metabolism a nudge, and regulates your menstrual cycle.[5]

If that’s not enough good news, research shows that having sex just two times a week can reduce your risk of a heart attack.[6] That’s pretty exciting news about one of your favorite past times!

So, if you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, go ahead and invite your partner to help you find a better bedtime routine. You’ll both be so glad you did!

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