The Sleep-Sex Connection: Can Having Sex Help You Get Some Zzzs?

Published: Last Updated: Nov 21, 2022

Did you know that getting busy between the sheets can actually help you get some quality shut-eye? Yep, that's right - scientists say there's a link between sex and sleep. So if you're finding it hard to drift off at night, maybe it's time to put your bedroom prowess to good use!

Couple having sex for better sleep

The Science Behind the Sleep-Sex Connection

So what exactly is the science behind the sleep-sex connection? Well, it turns out that sex can help trigger the release of certain hormones in the body that promote relaxation and sleep. One of these hormones is oxytocin, which is sometimes referred to as the "cuddle hormone" or the "love hormone." Oxytocin is released during physical touch, including sexual activity, and it's known to help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Another hormone that's released during sex is prolactin, which is responsible for inducing feelings of sleepiness and helping us to nod off.

In addition to promoting the release of sleep-inducing hormones, sex also helps to tire us out physically, which can be helpful when we're trying to wind down for bed. Plus, orgasms are known to have muscle relaxing properties, which can further aid in achieving a deep and restful sleep.

What do the experts say?

Australian sleep expert Dr. Carmel Harrington was asked about this, and she says that while there is no one-size-fits-all answer, sex can indeed help some people sleep better. “For many people, sex is a form of exercise which releases endorphins that can promote relaxation and reduce stress levels," explains Dr. Harrington. "It can also be a form of bonding between partners which releases oxytocin, sometimes known as the ‘cuddle hormone’ which can promote feelings of contentment and calm. All of these things can lead to improved sleep."

How to Incorporate More Sex Into Your Life If You’re Not Getting Any (or Enough) Already

If you’re not currently having much sex, don’t fret! There are plenty of ways to incorporated it into your life if you’re so inclined. If you’re in a relationship, simply talking to your partner about your desires (and boundaries) is a great place to start. If you’re single or not currently in a relationship, consider exploring your sexuality solo with your own hands or with the help of a toy or two. And if you want to get really creative, try scheduling sex into your diary as you would any other important appointment! Trust us, your body will thank you for it.

According to a recent survey by Sleep Cycle, 60% of Australians say they often struggle with sleep so you are not alone. But there you have it there may be a simple solution to your sleepless nights: sex!