The secret to having better sex might be as simple as getting more sleep

Business Insider | 3/8/2018 | The Conversation
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Lack of sleep can lead to sexual problems just as a lack of sex can lead to sleep problems.

Being too tired for sex is the top reason behind a majority of women's loss of desire.

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Among men, a lack of sleep results in diminished sexual functioning.

Sticking to a schedule, for both sleep and intimacy, can result in a healthier and more active sex life.

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One in 3 American adults do not get enough sleep. Sexual issues are also common, with as many as 45 percent of women and 31 percent of men having a concern about their sex life. While these might seem like distinct concerns, they are actually highly related.

How are sleep and sex related? I'll state the obvious: We most commonly sleep and have sex in the same location - the bedroom. Less obvious but more important is that lack of sleep and lack of sex share some common underlying causes, including stress. Especially important, lack of sleep can lead to sexual problems and a lack of sex can lead to sleep problems. Conversely, a good night's sleep can lead to a greater interest in sex, and orgasmic sex can result in a better night's sleep.

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I am a sex educator and researcher who has published several studies on the effectiveness of self-help books in enhancing sexual functioning. I have also written two sexual self-help books, both based on research findings. My latest book, "Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters - and How to Get It," is aimed at empowering women to reach orgasm. More pertinent to the connection between sleep and sex, my first book, "A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex," was written to help the countless women who say they are too exhausted to be interested in sex.

The reason I wrote a book for women who are too...
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