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But you can boost your sexual desire by hitting the snooze button.
According to sex expert Laurie Mintz, the hidden cause of sex problems is a lack of sleep.
“Sex affects sleep and stress”
Laurie, author of Becoming Cliterate, explains for The Conversation that one in three American adults do not get enough sleep and nearly half of women and a third of men are having concerns over their sex lives.
She said: “While sleep (and stress) have an effect in sex, sex affects sleep and stress.”
A recent study of college women for the Journal of Sexual Medicine indicated that if a woman slept for one hour longer, they would have a 14% higher chance of having a sexual encounter the following day.
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It also found that more sleep correlated with better arousal – so getting more snooze time will boost your libido.
The National Sleep Foundation reported that new mothers are less likely to get a good night’s sleep – which has disrupted sex life – as they don’t find the time or are too tired during the day.
And a lack of sleep and stress releases the hormone cortisol, which decreases testosterone, that plays a major role in your sex life.
According to sexpert Ian Kerner, a lack of sex can cause sleeplessness and irritability and there’s even evidence that cortisol decreases after orgasm.