New research suggests a good night’s sleep increases sexual desire the next day, at least among women.
In a study of 171 women, those who obtained more sleep on a given night experienced greater sexual desire the next day.
Moreover, the sleep/sex relationship appears to be dose-related as an additional hour of sleep increased the likelihood of sexual activity with a partner by 14 percent.
Sleep was also important for genital arousal, such that women who slept longer on average experienced fewer problems with vaginal arousal than women who obtained less sleep.
“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.
Kalmbach is lead author of the study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
“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.”