Most of us know that groggy feeling we get when we haven’t has enough sleep. Those itchy eyes when we wake up, and feeling little or no desire to get out of bed. Sleep is vital for us to function optimally both physically and mentally. Now, there are even more reasons to get a good night’s sleep as a new study has shown a direct correlation between sleep and sexual desire, particularly for women.

With the amount of sleep, desire for sex and physical sexual response being measured, the study showed that those women who had a longer sleep felt more sexual interest as well as increased genital arousal. Even better were those who regularly had longer sleep, who were found to have better genital responses to arousal overall. Importantly, links were also made between sleep disturbances, such as sleep apnoea, and sexual dysfunction, which makes further research vital in uncovering reasons for non-biological sexual dysfunction.

This is also important news for new mums. Chronic lack of sleep significantly reduces desire for sex, which means that during those early months of being a mum it is no surprise that sexual desire wanes. Also, those with insomnia were found to have reduced sexual desire, which is another reason that finding ways to get sufficient sleep is important, though often, easier said than done.

Sufficient sleep is also linked to the ability to orgasm, meaning that the more sleep you get, the more available your orgasm becomes. It is ironic in a way, as having orgasm promotes better sleep. Perhaps, regardless of where or when you are getting your orgasms, having them is better than not having them. Knowing your body and how to make yourself have an orgasm is an important part of being in touch with your sexuality and your sensuality, so exploring yourself through masturbation might help you both enjoy sex more and get a better night of sleep.

Basically, sleep impacts on sexual functioning regardless of age and hormones, so ensuring that you get sufficient sleep is vital for improved sexual functioning. Incorporating night-time rituals such as warm baths, camomile tea and turning off all screens in the bedroom can assist you to fall asleep and stay asleep more easily. If you have young children keeping you awake, remind your partner that increased sleep will increase your sex drive, that way they may be more inclined to take the night shift when it comes to the babas. Either way, getting more sleep could change your sex life for the better, and really, who wouldn’t want that?

Kalmbach, D. A., Arnedt, J. T., Pillai, V., & Ciesla, J. A. (2015). The Impact of Sleep on Female Sexual Response and Behavior: A Pilot Study. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12(5), 1221-1232.