A Surprising (Compelling!) Reason to Get More Sleep
Hint: It has something to do with your love life.
Grabbing more Zzs at night could mean more time in the bedroom—both figuratively and literally. In fact, getting enough sleep may lead to greater sexual desire, according to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
For the study, researchers looked at the sleep habits and sex patterns of 171 women. The results suggested that each additional hour of sleep increased the likelihood of sexual activity with a partner by 14 percent. The researchers also found that the connection between sleep and sex wasn't only mental, but also physical: Women who slept more suffered from fewer problems with genital arousal.
So is sleep the new female version of Viagra? For some women, it may be worth a try. Sixty-three percent of women report suffering from sexual dysfunction of some form. Some of the main problems included lack of desire, arousal issues, and lack of lubrication. Age may be to blame for a decline in sexual desire, too, particularly as women begin to experience menopause, reports The New York Times. But this is one of the first times that sleep has been directly linked with women's sex lives.
"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," lead author Dr. David Kalmbach 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."