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The Power of Sex Over Sleeplessness

The Power of Sex Over Sleeplessness
Dr. Constance Odom, MD Picture of Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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If you think you are the only one dragging around the office or struggling to keep your eyes open after just one cup of coffee, take heart. You are not alone, as sleep deprivation is affecting millions of people around the world. In fact, some health experts are calling the global lack of rest a public health crisis, but since so many people have accepted this routine as normal, very few take action to correct the situation. There are a number of factors impacting sleep cycles and the amount of time spent in good rest, but the more commonly blamed items are addiction to mobile devices with unlimited games, social media connectivity, and video streaming. There are also the usual concerns of career or work struggles, educational pursuits, and family demands.

The True Numbers on the Deficit

You may not realize how much sleep you need each night to be healthy, as sleep patterns and cycles will vary according to individual bodies and lifestyles. However, the National Sleep Foundation advocates for adults to get between seven to nine hours of sleep each night. The current average for most adults is much less than seven hours. Though you may be in bed for longer than that, many people don’t spend the night in deep sleep. They watch a movie or binge-watch a few episodes of their favorite drama before turning out the light, or they lay awake rehearsing tomorrow’s work presentation or sales pitch. By not getting enough sleep, you run the risk of developing all kinds of physical and mental health conditions. Consistently short-changing yourself on how much sleep you need can lead to the development of cancers cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, and mood swings. The overall effect on mental health has seen an increase in the rise of depression and anxiety with those who aren’t getting enough sleep. All of these conditions can affect your personal relationships, noticeably have an effect on your sex life.  Because of the direct connection between sleep and sex, whenever either one of these areas is struggling, making improvements in one area tends to have a positive effect on the other.

The Negative Impact of Short Sleep

Every once and a while, you may have trouble sleeping. Perhaps you ate something that gave your heartburn or you had a head cold that kept you awake. These occasional instances are normal, but long-term sleep deprivation and insomnia can lead to serious health concerns. Two of the primary mental health factors affecting sexual dysfunction, anxiety, and depression, are known to dramatically increase in intensity when the body experiences prolonged sleep difficulties. When the body is stressed out and unable to rest and recover from the day’s physical and mental routines, the production of sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen are suppressed. Instead, the body produces more cortisol, which is a stress hormone. The imbalance can create a serious challenge in women's sexual health. While women are often exposed to a number of stressful conditions that could interrupt sleep cycles, pregnancy and postpartum experiences often cause insomnia as does menopause, During this time, a woman’s interest in sex usually dwindles as their bodies are physically and psychologically fatigued, stressed, and potentially depressed.

The Excuse of Being Sleepy

Sometimes, being too tired for sex is a general excuse many use to get out of the experience. Not that there aren’t legitimate situations where an individual is too tired for sex, but it is an easy way to distract your partner from getting busy. It could be that you are mentally tired of boring, dissatisfying sex. A lack of interest and arousal could keep your body from the necessary physical responses that provide the energy for sex. In this case, it may be helpful to use a product like Scream Cream. As a stimulant, it can increase the sensitivity in your genitals and provide more satisfaction from heightened stimulation. Perhaps getting back to a good orgasm can restore your energy for sex.

The Solution is Sex

As you can see, not getting enough sleep can dramatically alter your quality of life. For some, the loss of healthy and invigorating sex life can also be the chance to fix a sleeping problem. Sleep and sex have an interdependent relationship, so making efforts to improve your sex life will positively impact your sleep. Sex releases endorphins, which ease anxiety and help relax the mind and body. Sex also releases oxytocin, also called the love hormone, which promotes feelings of closeness and connection between two individuals. This emotional security influences your ability to relax and rest after intercourse. Though you could do a number of things to promote better sleeping habits, sex is probably one of the more enjoyable and beneficial ways to get rid of insomnia.


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