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How Lack of sleep affects your sexual function?

By Zach Pearl, PhD
Circadin.com Staff

 

Sleep is one of the most important foundations for good health and wellbeing.
Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can lead to Serious Health Problems including diabetes, premature ageing, memory loss, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, substance abuse and weight gain. Moreover, lack of sleeps makes you a public hazard (accident prone) and dumbs you down by impairing attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning and problem solving.

As if that isn’t enough, sleep deprivation can also affect your sexual function and desire, affecting your hormone levels as well as your sense of emotional well-being in the relationship. Not surprisingly, being constantly sleepy can wreak havoc on your general desire and libido.

Lack of sleep lowers testosterone levels

Testosterone plays a key role in a person’s sex drive 1 in both men and women 2 . Chronic sleep deprivation can lower levels of testosterone in both men and women thus may be associated with sexual disfunction 3 .

Lack of sleep contributes to depression and anxiety

Chronic sleep deprivation may lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Depression has been known to greatly reduce sex drive as have the anti-depressants used to treat the disorder. Yet another reason getting a good night’s sleep is a key to a happy and healthy life.

Lack of sleep hampers the immune system

Few things can kill the mood faster than a nasty cold. Chronic sleep deprivation might weaken our immune system which leaves us less protected when the next bug comes along.

Lack of sleep results in less sex overall

One bad night’s sleep can inhibits the next-day sexual desire and so have immediate effects on your sex life. On the flip side, getting enough sleep can only help the cause. A recent research shows that sleep duration played an important role in the regulation of sexual desire and genital arousal 4 .
When you’re coping with chronic sleep deprivation, chances are the only thing you want is more sleep. It’s easy to become “too tired to even care about sex”. It’s also easy for you and your partner to drift apart if this becomes a habit.

Quality sleep supports more fun in the bedroom, optimal healing and repair of the body as well as better preparing you for the daily challenges of life. So if you wish to spice up your sex life, sometimes the best thing you can do in bed is sleep.

 

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