Need better sleep? Sleep cycle says have sex
For those who find themselves tossing and turning in the night, a recent study suggests that maybe it’s time to try a different kind of tossing and turning.
Sleep Cycle, a popular alarm clock app that also monitors sleep habits, surveyed more than 1,000 of its users in the United States to discover what best helps them get in a good snooze.
The results? Sixty-eight percent of Americans said sex helps them sleep better.
Of those surveyed, 40 percent ranked sex as the No. 1 pre-sleep activity for a good night’s sleep, followed by reading a book (33 percent) and listening to music (29 percent).
Although the Sleep Cycle study surveyed only a small percentage of its 3 million users worldwide, the notion was backed up by the National Sleep Foundation, which has published its own information on the topic. It’s not just surveying, it’s science.
“Yes, sex can actually make it easier to fall asleep. This is mostly because of the hormones that are released during the act,” the National Sleep Foundation article states.
The foundation asserts that sex “boosts oxytocin, (a hormone that makes you feel connected to your partner) and lowers cortisol (a stress-related hormone).”
The article continues that having an orgasm releases the hormone “prolactin,” which makes you drowsy.
“All of that leads up to a nice, drowsy state that’s perfect for cuddling up and falling asleep,” it states.
Conversely, sex drive is also determined by sleep, the article states, so the better the sleep, the better the libido.