How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Sex Life
Not getting enough shut-eye can make your desire dwindle. Try these simple tips to catch more zzz’s and liven up your love life.
When it comes to spicing up your sex life, sometimes the best thing you can do in bed is sleep. Because there are many ways sleep deprivation affects your sex life, getting enough shuteye each night is a higher priority. Sleep is free, after all, and few things can make you feel better than getting enough of it.
It’s easy for chronic sleep deprivation to become a habit. With a world that runs 24/7 and the immense pressure to be “on” almost all of the time, it can be tempting to forego some shuteye in favor of knocking off a couple more items of your to-do list. Fortunately, there are ways to determine how much sleep you actually need each night so you can make sleeping enough a higher concern. Because coffee can only compensate for so much, especially where your libido is concerned.
Sleep deprivation can affect almost every aspect of your sex life, from your hormone levels to your sense of emotional well-being in the relationship. Not surprisingly, being constantly sleepy can wreck havoc on your general desire and libido. So if you need any more reasons to go to bed on time tonight, here are the many ways going without enough sleep can totally mess with your sex life.
1.It Lowers Testosterone Levels
Lack of sleep can hurt desire on a very basic level. As Dr. Robert D. Oexman, Director of the Sleep to Live Institute, noted in Shape, “chronic sleep deprivation, which can occur even if you get a solid six hours a night (the majority of adults need at least seven), can lower levels of testosterone—the sex drive hormone—in both men and women.” And throwing your hormones out of whack can upset your mojo.
2.It Inhibits Next-Day Sexual Desire
One bad night’s sleep can have immediate effects on your sex life. On the flip side, getting enough sleep can only help the cause. According to a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine,”longer sleep duration was related to greater next-day sexual desire” and “a one hour increase in sleep length corresponded to a 14 percent increase in odds of engaging in partnered sexual activity.” If you get enough sleep, the odds of having sex are more in your favor.
3.It Screws With Your Emotions
It isn’t exactly news that a bad night’s sleep can put you in a bad mood. As psychologist Michael J. Breus said on Psychology Today, “when the dynamics move away from appreciation and toward more negative feelings as a result of sleep deprivation, couples’ sex lives can also take a serious downturn.” Chances are you won’t feel as lovey-dovey if you’re chronically tired.