Sleep is important for healthy sexual desire

18 March 2015

New research, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that getting a good night's sleep is important for maintaining a healthy sexual desire.

More than 170 women were involved in the research, which revealed that those who got more sleep experienced greater sexual desire the next day. It found that each extra hour of rest increased the likelihood of sexual activity with a partner by 14 per cent, while sleep was also important for arousal. Women who were able to get more rest suffered fewer problems with vaginal arousal, compared to females that were not sleeping as long.

"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," said Dr David Kalmbach, lead author of the study.

He said the take-home message should not be that more sleep is better, but that it is important to enable ourselves to get the amount of sleep that our body and minds need.

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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