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Feeling Young at Heart May Improve Sex Life

Feeling Young at Heart May Improve Sex Life

Canadian researchers discovered an individual’s perception of how they feel in comparison to their stated age makes a difference when it comes to sex.

University of Waterloo researchers found the closer you feel to your actual age, the less likely you are to be satisfied with your sex life. Conversely, feeling younger than your age was associated with better sex.

Study findings appear in the Journal of Sex Research.

Researchers looked at the attitudes of sex and aging of a group of 1170 adults from their mid-40s to their mid-70s over a 10-year period.

The group, which included people of diverse sexual orientation, reported that the closer people felt to their chronological age, the lower the quality of their sex life.

“What was clear from the data is that feeling younger had a huge impact on how people felt about the quality of their sex life and how interested they were in having sex,” said Dr. Steven Mock, an associate professor in Recreation and Leisure Studies at Waterloo.

“For people in mid- to later life, feeling young at heart actually appears to make a difference in the bedroom.”

The research drew upon data collected in the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study in the between 1995 and 2005. The MIDUS study is a national longitudinal study of health and wellbeing in the United States and measures the physical and mental health of participants over a period of decades.

“It’s important to consider all of the different psychosocial and biological factors that might influence a person’s sexuality,” “said Amy Estill, who led the research while completing her master’s degree at Waterloo.

“While feeling younger didn’t have an impact on how much sex people were having, it was quite clear that feeling older does impact the quality of the sex you’re having.”

Source: University of Waterloo/EurekAlert

Feeling Young at Heart May Improve Sex Life

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2017). Feeling Young at Heart May Improve Sex Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/05/31/feeling-young-at-heart-may-improve-sex-life/121316.html

 

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