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Is Sex Before Bed Good for Sleep?

Lydia Kariuki
Written by Lydia Kariuki

While some people prefer to have sex early in the morning, right before they get out of bed, other prefers having it right before drifting to sleep. This can be affected by a number of factors such as sexual appetite, moods, work schedules and the availability of their sex partner. As much as “when to have sex” should be a personal choice, science is showing that there are benefits that can be accrued by having sex before going to sleep.

Sex, and regular sex for that matter, offers significant health benefits including:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves mood
  • Relieves stress
  • Promotes sleep
  • Boosts brain power
  • Relieves pain
  • Improves female bladder control
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • May reduce risk for prostate cancer

It is no wonder that regular sex has been linked to longevity.

What happens when you have sex before drifting to sleep?

Sex and sleep are closely related. Poor sleep may lead to fatigue and consequently a low sex drive. In return, a low sex drive may be worsened by poor sleep. It is no wonder that increasingly more Americans are having less sex now as compared to 20 years ago.

 

Does having sex at night improve sleep?

The physical exhaustion that comes with active sex may boost sleep. Other than that, the hormone released during sex, oxytocin, is sleep promoting. The release of oxytocin is associated with feelings of affection which relieves stress and causes relaxation. Other hormones released during sex include dopamine, prolactin, and progesterone.

A mutually satisfying sexual experience will help to take the mind off stressful events and make it easier for the parties to go to sleep.

A 2016 study that was conducted by the University of Ottawa suggested that having sex before sleep reduces stress levels and helps insomniacs to fall asleep. The researchers concluded that this can serve as a “possible alternative or addition to other intervention strategies for insomnia.”

A different study that was carried out in 2017 showed that over 50% of the participants were able to sleep better after having achieved an orgasm during sex.

That said, more research needs to be carried out to explore the relationship between sex and insomnia.

Generally, sound and restful sleep is affected by a myriad of factors and one of them is sex. Be it the expended energy, the release of hormones, or the connectedness that comes about as a result of mutually fulfilling sex, deep sleep is usually a desired aftermath.

Therefore, it suffices to say that all other factors remaining constant, great sex before bedtime is essential for restful sleep at night.

 

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