How Lack of Sleep Affects Libido

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sleep-libidoDuring sleep your body repairs itself, the immune system is restored, and most importantly, hormones are balanced.

If you cut down on your sleep, you might find that you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling.

In addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise, making sure you get enough solid sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your body…and your libido.

Sexual Healing

When your sleep is cut short, your body does not have enough time to complete the essential process of releasing hormones and other important actions. This may negatively affect health and in turn sex drive.

A study in The Journal of American Medical Association found that lack of sleep may have a direct impact on testosterone production in men. The results showed that testosterone levels dropped by 10 to 15 percent in men with insufficient sleep.

Plus, research also shows strong evidence that low testosterone levels frequently occur in men with sleep apnea.

Of course, testosterone and other hormones are not the only source of libido. For many people, sexual desire and pleasure are also strongly tied with emotional factors such as having a healthy and trusting relationship with a partner.

In a study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, researchers found that lack of sleep could have a negative effect on expressions of gratitude. This lack of thanks may ultimately put a strain on relationships. Researchers explained that, “poor sleep may make us more selfish as we prioritize our own needs over our partner’s.”

We typically think of sleeping as an individual experience. However with results like these, we can see how lack of sleep can greatly influence our relationships. The lack of sleep in this case may affect a person’s libido because her sleep-deprived partner may not be as willing to focus on the emotional factors that play in her sexual desire.

Four Easy Sleep Tips

The good news is that there are many different ways to improve your quality of sleep. Here are some easy tips to get better sleep:

Set the mood: For one, creating a peaceful, quiet environment is essential to take charge of your sleeping habits. Make sure that you are sleeping in total darkness –light affects your pineal gland’s production of the substances serotonin and melatonin which help you sleep. Turn off all of your lights, even the light on your alarm clock!

Aromatherapy: Another tip is a little aromatherapy. Lavender essential oil is super for calming the body and promoting a great night’s sleep. You can add some to a bath or dab some onto your skin before bed.

Herbs: Avoid any stimulants like caffeine and alcohol and sip on some chamomile or valerian tea instead. Chamomile has always been well known as a bedtime tea, but valerian is even more effective as a sleep aid! If you own cats, be prepared as cats go absolutely crazy for valerian root.

Stay consistent: The last and perhaps most important tip would be to keep a schedule with your sleeping habits. Sleeping and rising around the same time each day helps to follow the routine of your inner clock instead of throwing it off completely by trying to make up for lost sleep on the weekends.

Better sex is tied in with better sleep, so hit the sack if you are looking to get frisky.

About the author: This guest post was contributed by Gianna Caucci – a copywriter and social networker at Essentia Natural Memory Foam Mattresses. Gianna loves to learn about natural healing, nutrition, and sustainable living, and enjoys blogging about the environment, natural remedies, and great sleep on Essentia’s blog.

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