Women looking to jump-start their sex life may want to spend more time in bed.
That’s the conclusion of a new study that suggests that each additional hour of sleep increased by 14 percent the likelihood a woman would engage in sexual activity with a partner the next day. University of Michigan Medical School postdoctoral researcher, David A. Kalmbach, from the Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Laboratory has come out in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that improvement in sex life in women can happen through more sleep.
Study showed that good sleep is important for healthy sexual desire and arousal in women, even when women are psychiatrically and medically healthy,” said study author David Kalmbach, a researcher at the University of Michigan Sleep and Circadian Research Laboratory.
Kalmbach and several colleagues evaluated 171 women, all college-age, who kept diaries of their sleep for 14 consecutive days and reported whether they engaged in sexual activity the next day. Longer sleep time was linked with greater sexual desire the next day. Women with longer average sleep duration said they had better genital arousal than women with shorter sleep time. On average, the women reported sleeping 7 hours, 22 minutes.
Other studies have suggested that short sleep time and poor sleep quality lead to poor female sexual response, Kalmbach said. But most studies have been a ”snapshot in time,” looking at just one time point.
Kalmbach study states further that Sexual problems have a number of factors, including relationship, mood, quality, partner availability as well as sleep health. The researcher feels that it is essential for health care professionals and women to be careful of the relationship between sexual response and sleep.
The data also states that women sleeping more are likely to have better genital arousal than those who consistently sleep less. Additionally, the study tells that for every extra hour of sleep that a woman does, she is 14 percent more likely to have sex with the partner next day.
The researcher at the University of Michigan Sleep and Circadian Research Laboratory stated that these findings give an inkling to ensure closer look at sleep health in women along sexual complaints and it is worth a try as low sleep hours may lead to sexual problem.
The research team feels that the impact would probably be consequence of shorter sleeps disruption of hormones.
Authors also think that libido may be boosted by a single night of even less sleep but on the other hand the impact of chronic sleep deprivation would be other way round.
Kalmbach added that earlier studies had made assumptions that sleep may impact hormone levels that can result in changes in arousal and desire. He added that more research is required in this part for identifying hidden mechanisms better.