Women Who Sleep More Also Have More Sex, Science Says

You might assume that the people who are having the most sex out there are staying up late to get it in, but a recent study by the University of Michigan found a different correlation between sex and sleep. What they found was that the people who were getting the most sleep were also having the most sex. What gives? Extra energy?

The research took into account the sleep and sex habits of 171 women. What they found was that the more sleep these girls were getting, the more sex they ended up having, and the better they reported the sex being. The key is “good sleep hygiene”, which basically means that getting enough of it is going to not only improve your mood and concentration, but it can increase your arousal levels, as well.

In the study, the average sleep time was 7 hours and 22 minutes (which is totally doable for most of us), and for every hour of sleep added, the odds of having sex went up by 14%. Add that to your reasons why sleeping in this weekend is a good idea!

The study author, David Kalmbach, seemed to think it’s a pretty good reason for couple cooperating. Show this to your honey the next time he leaves all the dishes for you: “If there’s anything women or their partners can do to help promote good sleep for one another, whether it’s helping out around the house to reduce workload, planning romantic getaways, or just practicing good sleep hygiene, it could help protect against having problems in the bedroom,” he said.

“The influence of sleep on sexual desire and arousal has received little attention in the field, but these findings indicate that insufficient sleep can decrease sexual desire and arousal for women. I think the take-home message should not be that more sleep is better, but that it is important to allow ourselves to obtain the sleep that our mind and body needs.”

To increase your odds even more, do all that sleeping in the nude. Other research has found that naked sleepers are happier in their relationships. A survey of over 1,000 people found that the skin on skin sleepers were the happiest, while couples who slept in onesies were the least happy. (Who sleeps in onesies, though?)

Apparently sleeping naked doesn’t improve your sex life just because you’ve already removed the necessary layers, but also because sleeping naked lets you tune into more sensations around you. The sheets, the breeze, etc, all increase the sensations that are good for things like getting turned on.

Further, when we sleep naked, our cortisol production levels are stabilized which keeps anxiety in check. Happier people are more likely to have more sex and create more feel good stuff. As an added bonus, sleeping naked can actually help you lose weight because the cooler temp helps to melt unhealthy fat off the body. And having sex burns calories too.

So sleep naked, and long, and have lots of fit sex.

Kate Ferguson is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blog and magazine genres. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce. Look for article links, updates, (and the occasional joke) on Twitter @KateFerg or @WriterKateFerg, or check out her personal blog ThatsRandomKate.blogspot.com