Lack of sufficient and good quality sleep doesn’t just leave you moody and all dead on your feet, it also has a big impact on your overall health, from the way your skin looks to your weight, how well your brain is able to function and, believe it or not, your sex life.
If you’re finding yourself having trouble in between the sheets, it is a good idea to look at your sleep pattern, because lack of sleep may actually be ruining your sex life. Here are some reasons why.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a number of things, and sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why men are unable to perform. However, several studies have found a link between sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction, with a considerable part of the participants having both conditions. This connection is further proven by the fact that a lot of men who have both conditions and are treated for apnea simultaneously regain their ability to have erections.
Testosterone is one of the main hormones responsible for your sex drive — especially in men — so you can imagine that having lower testosterone levels than normal won’t benefit your sex life.
That’s exactly what happens when you sleep less than 6 hours a night, a study has revealed. So if you want your sex drive to be at its best, you should try to maintain a healthy level of testosterone by sleeping a proper amount of time as many nights as possible.
Sleep deprivation affects the way your brain works, as we’ve already mentioned, and an inhibited frontal lobe is just not helpful when trying to figure out whether your attraction to someone is reciprocal. A study found that a man's frontal lobe function is as impaired when they get a bad night's sleep as when they are drunk - both times when they are likely to make bad decisions regarding sex and relationship, so it’s not a good idea to go looking for love if you didn’t sleep well the night before.
Lack of sleep can ruin your sex life even if you get plenty of good sleep but your wife or girlfriend doesn’t. How? Well, women's libido and arousal are also affected by sleep deprivation, as they experience increased stress and less lubrication in their vaginal area, both of which are definite mood killers. If you want to have a good sex life, make sure your partner always gets the proper number of sleeping hours so that her drive can easily match yours.