Science is constantly working on ways for humans to understand and care for each other and ourselves. It has shown us how our minds and bodies relate to each other, and how important sleep is for our mental and physical health. We’ve also learned that without good sleep, our sex lives will suffer. Studies have shown that it’s not just quantity of sleep, but also the quality of it that matters. If we want better sex, then we need better sleep.
An article in the New York Times points to a study, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, which focused on women. After filling out initial questionnaires asking about sexual anxiety, distress, and depression, 171 female college students kept daily records of their quality of sleep and sexual activities. Researchers found that just one extra hour of sleep a night could result in more sexual desire, increased vaginal lubrication, and a 14% higher chance of good sex. Those results were consistent even with control factors such as age, feelings of sadness, fatigue, and menstruation.
A study from the University of Chicago, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, focused on men. Researchers found that men who slept less than five hours per night for longer than one week had 10-15% lower levels of testosterone. The lowest levels were recorded between 2-10pm—the hours in which most working men would be most likely to have sex.
In a 2013 study, researchers found that sleep-deprived men often overestimated the degree of women’s sexual interest. The frontal lobe of the brain, which is responsible for impulse control, moral reasoning, and decision-making, doesn’t operate under full steam when you don’t get enough sleep.
In other words, men and women alike will find themselves much less capable of getting or staying aroused if they’re too exhausted, and it can even make them think there’s more of a romantic connection than there really is.
Women whose sex drive, natural vaginal lubrication, and intimate relationships have been affected by sleep deprivation can make masturbation as well as sex more pleasurable with lube. Men who are so chronically sleep-deprived that their sex drive and ability to correctly decipher sexual social cues have suffered can practice their physical prowess with a fifi male masturbator. Even orgasms that come from masturbation will improve one’s mood, and a happier person is more likely to get better sleep. It’s all connected.
For better sex, you need better sleep. For better sleep, you can send yourself off to dreamland with a good orgasm.