It’s a common situation: What once was hot and heavy has gone, well, rather tepid. Most couples chalk this up to the natural progression of a long-term relationship. But it could be that your health habits outside the bedroom are to blame for your struggles inside it.
“People think sexual health is all about sexually transmitted infections and birth control,” says Eric Garrison, MSc, a clinical sexologist and author of Mastering Multiple-Position Sex. “But our sex lives are linked intrinsically to our general health.”
Here, the unhealthy behaviors that might be keeping you and your partner from the best sex of your lives:
1. You’re not sleeping enough.
Up to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the National Institutes of Health. The CDC has even gone so far as to declare insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. Not only does a lack of Z’s leave you fatigued and prone to illness, but it has also been shown to have sexual repercussions—for both men and women, according to a study in Brain Research. How much shuteye do you need? The sweet spot is 5 to 7 complete REM cycles, or 7 to 9 hours per night, Garrison says. He suggests using the website sleepyti.me to easily calculate when you need to fall asleep in order to wake up feeling refreshed.
2. You’re neglecting your physical fitness.
Aerobic capacity and stamina, as well as strength and flexibility, are just as valuable between the sheets as they are on the streets in your day-to-day life. Research also points to the benefits of exercise right before you plan to get busy. Getting your heart rate up improves blood flow, which stimulates your sex organs, says Nicole Prause, PhD, founder of UCLA’s Liberos Center, which uses brain stimulation to treat problems related to sexual desire. Any increase in exercise is worthwhile. “If you add just a 30-minute walk a day or begin a yoga practice, you’ll have better sex than before you started,” Garrison says.
3. You have bad bedroom juju.
You’ve probably heard you should make your bedroom a haven for sleep. The same goes for sex. If the room isn’t conducive to intimate relations, you’re fighting an uphill battle, Garrison says. You should avoid doing work or using your laptop in bed, clear the kids’ toys off the floor, and remove anything that keeps you from focusing on the task at hand, he suggests. “One client of mine has a photo of his in-laws on the dresser next to his bed,” Garrison says. “You want your sexual environment to be stimulating, not distracting!”
4. You’re missing out on essential nutrients.
Eating a balanced diet ensures you get all the vitamins and minerals that have been linked to proper sexual functioning. “Zinc is vital for male sexual health,” Garrison says. “We talk of oysters being aphrodisiacs, and they’re an excellent source of zinc.” He also points to the importance of B vitamins like niacin—found in salmon, chicken, and tuna—when it comes to energy production and blood flow, which are both important for sexually active men and women.
Source- Yahoo news