If you’ve been tossing and turning for the last few nights, it might be worth, um, tossing and turning in a different way.
Having sex before bed can help you drift off into sleep – and improve the quality of your sleep once your head hits the pillow.
That’s if you manage to have an orgasm, anyway.
New research from CQUniversity Adelaide has found that people sleep better when they had sex that resulted in an orgasm before bed.
Sleep research Dr Michele Lastella surveyed 460 adults between the ages of 18 and 70 to look at how sex can affect sleep, and found that 64% of respondents reported sleeping better and getting to sleep more easily when they had an orgasm before bedtime.
He believes this is because sex helps us to switch off and stop worrying about the day ahead.
Throw in the increase of oxytocin, a reduction of cortisol, and an upping of prolactin, and it’s no wonder that getting it on can help us get off to sleep.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean single people are doomed to rubbish sleep.
The survey found that those who masturbated before bed also slept better and drifted off more easily – not to the same degree as those who had sex with a partner, but the key thing is to get sexually gratified and climax rather than counting sheep.
Previous research suggests that getting a decent’s night sleep is crucial for satisfying sex, so if you get into the habit of banging before bed, you should notice an improvement in both your sexing and sleeping hours.
The North American Menopause Society found that having fewer than five hours of sleep a night made postmenopausal women 30% less likely to be sexually active, and there’s a correlation between how much sleep women get and how much they enjoy the sex they have.
So the lesson here: More sleep, more sex. Have fun.