Scientific Advice For A Better Sex Life: Sleep, And Watch Porn

Is your sex life lagging? Two new studies might offer scientific guidance for both sexes for combatting sexual dysfunction, which affects roughly 43 percent of American women and 31 percent of men.

The research suggests that women looking to boost their sex lives should focus on spending more time between the sheets — sleeping, that is. For guys, on the other hand, enjoying a little porn could boost erectile function and keep desire strong within a relationship — despite common concerns about porn hijacking men’s libidos and setting up unrealistic expectations for real-life sex.

Ladies first: One of the studies, recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, tracked hours of sleep and next-day sexual desire among a sample of 171 women. Every extra hour that a woman slept increased her chances of having sex with her partner by 14 percent, which the researchers attributed to an increase in sexual desire. Women who slept longer on average also experienced fewer issues with vaginal arousal than women who slept less.

“These findings indicate that insufficient sleep can decrease sexual desire and arousal for women,” Dr. David Kalmbach, a psychologist at Kent State University and the study’s lead author, said in a statement. “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.”

The power of porn: It’s often said that porn, if anything, is bad for a man’s sex life. But a new study published in the online journal Sexual Medicine suggests that men who watch porn may enjoy greater desire and arousal in normal, real-life sexual situations with their partners.

Researchers from UCLA and Concordia University analyzed data from 280 men, nearly —> Read More

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