We all love sleeping, and it turns out that sleep loves you too. Despite the fact that some of us don’t give it enough importance or don’t prioritize it, getting just the right amount of sleep can have highly beneficial reflections on your life. In short, the right duration of Z’s will make you stronger, smarter and most importantly for a great number of us, better in bed.
For starters, some of the effects of sleep are indirectly beneficial to sex. A fully restorative sleep will unavoidably put you in an overall better mood and that has been known to increase desire and libido. But in a more direct way, not getting enough Z’s can lower your libido and increase your liability to erectile dysfunction by up to 65 percent. Earlier this year, a study at the University of Chicago found that sleep apnea is directly correlated with erectile dysfunction.
- The same study found that sleeping less than 5 hours per night will lower a man’s testosterone levels in comparison to someone who sleeps 7 to 9 hours. Testosterone gives energy and muscle mass as well as bone strength.
- Yet another result of the study showed that sleeping together in the same bed with your partner lowers cortisol levels, which are often called the stress hormones, while raising the levels of oxytocin, also known as the love hormone.
There are many other direct and indirect effects of sleep on your sex life such as the increased level of comfort that s added to both partners when not hitting the snooze button repeatedly every morning. Some also see sleep depravation as a form of legal intoxication since remaining awake for more than 24 hours has been shown to impact cognitive function in the exact same way that 0.1 percent of blood alcohol levels will. This is not as fun as it sounds since your mood memory and focus will suffer as well.
Hopefully, some of these reasons will push sleep higher on the priorities list of some of us who dearly need it.