Nearly 50% of women have experienced mild sexual problems. Examples of sexual dysfunction include a loss of interest in sex, a lack of arousal, an inability to experience excitement or orgasm, and sex that is painful or not enjoyable. Your sleep habits could be hurting your sex life.
It’s normal for women to experience fluctuations in libido, that can be caused by anything from stress to changing hormones. But according to a new study, there is a simple way for women to increase their sexual interest: getting more sleep.
The connection between sex and sleep goes beyond the bed; often, a healthy sex life will lead to better sleep health and vice-versa. If sex or sleep is suffering, chances are that one can be improved by improving the other.
Can lack of sex cause sleeplessness?
Studies conducted by the National Sleep Foundation have found that adults typically need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Clinical studies have found that the average adult today gets less than seven each night, which opens the door to all sorts of health and sexual issues.
Sleep deprivation has been associated with reduced sexual desire and arousal in women. As a result, insomnia, one of the most common sleep disorders, may be a risk factor for sexual dysfunction.
Menopause, lack of libido that may be caused by birth control or other medication, or neglecting basic routine maintenance of your delicate skin, may be disrupting your sleep. If you find yourself waking up frequently due to dryness, discomfort, or burning in your vulvar region, daily moisturization can help. FemmePharma is dedicated to helping women by developing over-the-counter products that safely and effectively alleviate these symptoms.
Poor sleep can also hinder sex because of its effect on mental health. Insufficient and fragmented sleep can exacerbate conditions like depression and anxiety. These disorders are often related to sexual dysfunction in women.
Does sex help you sleep?
After an orgasm, the body releases hormones, like oxytocin and prolactin, that can induce pleasant and relaxing feelings. Sex also reduces levels of the hormone cortisol, which is associated with stress. There’s a bonus for women, which is that sex boosts estrogen levels, enhancing your REM stage and giving you deeper slumber.
Studies indicate that these hormonal changes can cause drowsiness and make it easier to fall asleep. This effect can occur with masturbation as well as sex. Around 50% of both men and women say that an orgasm from masturbation helps them fall asleep and improves their sleep quality.
In the WHI Observational Study, significant associations between sleep duration, insomnia, and sexual activity, and sexual satisfaction were identified. Women who slept less than 7-8 hours per night were less likely to be sexually active and sexually satisfied.
Improving sexual health
Regular, satisfying sex, can boost your wellness and may facilitate better sleep. Unfortunately, low libido can make having satisfying sex difficult. Improving sexual health might involve addressing issues with sexual performance or satisfaction, reviewing ways to practice safer sex, testing for sexually transmitted infections, and ensuring that sexual relationships are positive.
If you find sex difficult and sometimes uncomfortable, it is important to understand what is causing that discomfort. Lack of vaginal lubrication during sex may be a contributing factor. A daily moisturizer can help prepare you for whenever the moment strikes.
FemmePharma has designed vulvar moisturizer Satisfem™ and vaginal moisturizer Satisfaite™ to provide relief from vaginal dryness, itching, burning, and discomfort with pharmaceutical-grade hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, which can help you cultivate a more rewarding sex life.
Both sex and sleep are important to mainting a healthy, routine lifestyle. Don’t let either activity, or lack thereof, be neglected. FemmePharma’s mission is to provide solutions for intimate issues that may be affecting women’s lives.