Yes, sex really is good for your health. At Hampers 4 Two we’ve done a little research of our own and come up with 5—actually 6—reasons why you should have more sex. So what are you waiting for?
1. Sex can help you sleep better
At least, orgasms can. Researchers have confirmed what many of us already know to be true. Most people who have sex at night drop right off to sleep afterwards. It’s still not clear exactly why this happens, but it is thought orgasms release neurochemicals like endorphins which can have a sedative effect.
Don’t worry though, even if you’re not in a relationship you can still reap the benefits. A study by Carol Ellison found that masturbating to orgasm can have the same effect!
2. Orgasms relieve stress
Ellison’s study also found a link between orgasm and relaxation. When you orgasm, your body releases the oxytocin, the feel-good hormone. Sex and intimacy also boost your self-esteem and feelings of happiness which lower stress levels too.
3. Sex can reduce pain
So, having a headache is a good reason to have sex, not an excuse to avoid it! Good old oxytocin is thought to alleviate arthritis pain, surgery pain and even pain during childbirth. And you don’t even need to orgasm. Researchers at Rutgers University found vaginal stimulation can block all types of pain from headaches to chronic back pain.
4. Sex is good for your immune system
People who have regular sex have been found to take fewer sick days. Studies have shown they have higher levels of antibodies than those who have sex less than once a week. So, now you know how to keep that cold at bay.
5. Orgasms may help you live longer
A 1997 study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) measured the association between sexual frequency and death in 918 men between the ages of 45 and 59. They found men who orgasmed frequently had a lower mortality risk than those who did so less often. The results were substantial. Men who had more sex, or orgasms had an increased survival chance of 50%!
An earlier Californian study into couples’ sex lives and longevity suggests there is also a link between orgasm frequency and mortality in women.
And, as an added bonus:
Orgasms could keep you looking young!
A study into the sex lives of women by British psychologist David Weeks found women between 40 and 50 who reported having sex twice as much as other respondents looked younger. While there is no conclusive information as to why orgasms make you look longer, Weeks suggests it could be related to the release of human growth hormone, which makes skin more elastic.
So, there you have it. 6 medical reasons to get it on more often. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, hop over to our gift hampers page and get yourself a little something to make an occasion of it!