Eat, Exercise, Relax, and Sleep Your Way to Better Sex
Better sex doesn't just involve technique. Keeping a fit mind and body can increase your enjoyment of bedroom antics.
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In his practice, Russell Rosenberg, PhD, director of the
Northside Hospital Sleep Medicine Institute in Atlanta, says chronic sleep-loss
patients report not only being too physically tired for sex, but also having
Unfortunately, lower sex drive, tiredness, and grouchiness are
the least of worries with sleep deprivation. Research shows people who don't
catch enough winks tend to:
- Get into more accidents. Inadequate sleep affects perception and motor
- Find it harder to lose weight. Not enough shut-eye can affect the body's
ability to metabolize carbohydrates.
- Have an increased chance of a hormonal or metabolic disorder, which can
indirectly put you at risk for medical problems such as type II diabetes and
All of these consequences could undoubtedly put a damper on a
person's sex life.
Rosenberg recommends trying to increase your total sleep time,
even if it's just adding a half-hour or more per week. "Try it, and see how
it affects your sex life," he says.
The brain may be the most important sex organ of all. It is
perhaps in the mind where beliefs take hold and flourish about the effects of
certain foods on sexual prowess, even as scientists deny any direct connection
between diet and erotic fitness.
It is in the mind that people feel self-confident when they
like the effects of exercise on their bodies. It is also where they feel happy
and energized once they've gotten enough sleep.
Yet the inner workings of the brain can also keep a person from
focusing on the delights of bedroom actions.
"In order to have a really healthy and pleasurable sex
life, you have to be able to dismiss work; you have to be able to unwind and
experience pleasure," says Zager. She says this means being able to
temporarily forget about what your boss said, what was in the memo, what bills
need to be paid, and what the children need.
Sex requires relaxation and time, adds Zager, noting that some
couples may be too stressed and busy to enjoy or even have intercourse. She
suggests setting priorities.