Any “sexpert” can tell you trouble in the bedroom is no laughing matter. The absence of sexual desire can take its toll on any relationship. Luckily, we may have a new solution for improving the amount of sex we have and how good that sex is: a little shut-eye. A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has found that women who get one more hour of sleep increase their sex drive by around 14 percent.
"The influence of sleep on sexual desire and arousal has received little attention in the field, but these findings indicate that insufficient sleep can decrease sexual desire and arousal for women," Dr. David Kalmbach, lead author and resident at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a statement. "I think the take-home message should not be that more sleep is better, but that it is important to allow ourselves to obtain the sleep that our mind and body needs."
Kalmbach and his colleagues recruited 171 women who completed surveys that tracked sleeping habits over the course of 14 days. Researchers assessed how much sleep each participant got on a given night and the level of sexual desire they felt the following day. Participants were also asked if they resorted to masturbation if their partner experienced low sexual desire.
Results showed that for each additional hour of sleep women got a night, they were able to increase their likelihood of having sex with their partner by 14 percent. These women also had an easier time enjoying sex compared to women who got fewer hours of sleep. Women who slept longer each night reported fewer problems with genital arousal.
A survey conducted by The Better Sleep Council revealed that six out of every 10 Americans crave sleep more than sex. It comes as no surprise that 58 percent of men crave sex over sleep compared to 21 percent of women. Some Americans are so sleep-deprived that they even admit to falling asleep during sex. Previous research has shown that sex just before bedtime is one of the most effective ways to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Source: Ciesla J, Pillai V, Arnedt T, Kalmbach D. The Impact of Sleep on Female Sexual Response and Behavior: A Pilot Study. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2015.