Does Sex Help You Sleep?

By: SleepScore Labs  |  February 10th, 2017

Have you ever had one of those nights where you just can’t fall asleep? You keep tossing and turning until your spouse suggests a little roll in the hay to help you doze off. You do it, and it actually works! You both fall asleep within minutes, and you sleep more soundly than ever. You might wonder if there’s a real reason behind what just happened. Can sex make you fall asleep faster and provide a deeper, more restful snooze?

Sex and Sleep

As if sex isn’t great enough on its own, it turns out that it actually does help you fall asleep! Having sex releases hormones like Oxytocin, the feel-good hormone, and prolactin, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, both of which help relax the body and allow you to fall asleep more easily. During sex, endorphins are also released, which give your body a pain-killing effect that also helps soothe you before sleep. Additionally, sex lowers the production of the stress hormone cortisol and provides an immediate reduction in tension and anxiety.

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Benefits to Women

If you’re a woman, there’s an added bonus that comes with the climax. Production of the hormone estrogen increases and allows your body to fall into a deeper sleep during your sleep cycles. Sex not only helps with your sleep life, it also boosts your immunity, gives your metabolism a nudge, and regulates your menstrual cycle. If that’s not enough good news, research shows that having sex just two times a week can reduce your risk of a heart attack. “Sexual healing” is not a myth; science proves it’s the real deal.

So, if you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, go ahead and try having sex before bed. You’ll both be so glad you did!

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