Is Enough Sleep Important For Sex?

Is Enough Sleep Important For Sex?

While hanging out at the local bar the other evening, I heard a patron say that “sleep is for losers.” I know there are some guys out there who don’t consider getting enough shuteye a priority, but regularly missing out on sleep can easily put your sex life at risk in the long run.

Let me explain what I mean…

During my extensive research into the male sexuality, I stumbled upon a study conducted by scientists from the University of Chicago where they tracked the hormonal levels of healthy, adult men in a two-week period.

The participants ranged from 25 to 60 and worked in various fields. They were divided into two groups. The participants of the first group were asked to closely follow a seven to eight-hour sleeping regimen each day, while the ones in the second group were told they could sleep for as little as they like.

The University of Chicago scientists regularly checked the hormonal levels of the participants in the course of the study’s two-week period and were surprised to discover one very significant thing.

The levels of testosterone between the two groups differed greatly.

Based on their regular tracking, the scientists noticed that the participants in the first group experienced a rise in their testosterone by as much as 15 percent, while the ones in the second group had a drop in theirs of more than 10 percent!

And if you’ve been following for a while now, you probably already know the importance of testosterone when it comes to sexual performance. Not having enough of it can easily lead to a weak sex drive as well as difficulty getting and maintaining a strong erection.

But here’s where things get even more interesting…

The results of the hormonal tracking also showed a rise in the stress hormone levels in the bodies of the second group’s participants. The scientists detected a sharp increase in the amounts of norepinephrine, cortisol and adrenaline in their systems.

Besides making you feel extremely cranky, these stress hormones also disrupt the brain’s ability to function properly to start your body’s sexual arousal.

(Here are also a few key stressors that commonly affect your performance in bed while we’re on the subject.)

This simply means that even if you and your partner are already trying to heat things up in bed, the brain won’t be able to detect sexual arousal cues to prep you up for lovemaking. Just imagine how disappointing that would be for the both of you.

So make it a point to get enough sleep daily and you won’t be experiencing these problems sooner or later.

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