Could an orgasm be the answer to better sleep? All the more reason to spice things up in the bedroom!
You can experience anxiety and stress in many areas of your life but the most common environments and stressors are to do with work, relationships and financial strain. Stress can affect us throughout the day but, unfortunately, it tends to hit the hardest during the only time some of us have to worry: when we’re in bed. Relaxing your body and mind can help prepare you for a decent night’s sleep — and an orgasm could be the answer! Plus, you don’t need a partner, a handy sex toy will do!
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First, How Much Sleep Do We Really Get?
How many hours of sleep are you getting each night? Do you struggle to fall asleep or find that you wake up throughout the night for an unwanted period of time? You’re not alone!
In Hong Kong, it is estimated over 2 million people suffer from sleep deprivation and insomnia.
There are many factors that can impact our sleep, from nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. As an Adult Sleep Coach and insomnia specialist, the most common cause of sleep disturbances I come across is stress and anxiety. But it takes the average person 10 years of suffering from insomnia before they seek help.
Why Stress Is The Leading Cause Of Lack Of Sleep
When we are stressed, our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol gives us the feeling of being wired and on edge. This makes sleep very difficult and can lead to lying in bed for long periods of time feeling restless and frustrated.
How Sex Comes Into Play
In order to help regulate the cortisol hormone in our bodies, we need serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin is associated with feelings of contentment, calm and happiness, whilst dopamine is associated with feelings of satisfaction and rewards.
Regulates the feeling of stress and replaces it with relaxation and calm to help you fall asleep easier.
Having sex and reaching orgasm helps your body to produce serotonin and dopamine, which relieves you of your feeling of stress at bedtime. It’s exactly what you need to be able to drift off to sleep after a long and tiring day! Obviously, learning how to digest and process our day prior to bedtime benefits us too but an orgasm can provide a quick fix.
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How To Spice It Up Before Bedtime
An orgasm does not have to be supported by a partner, although if you live or sleep with your partner, this bedtime routine could be beneficial to your sleep as well as support your physical bond. If you do not have a bed partner, include masturbation and perhaps a toy to help you reach this goal. I’d recommend experimenting to see what works for you and getting to know your own body.
Using this method of relaxation is a great short-term solution and can definitely be used as a ‘go-to’ if it is a challenge for you to get a good night’s sleep.
Last But Not Least, Seeking Help Is Always Okay
Should you find you’re experiencing stress every night and are continuing to have issues sleeping, I’d recommend booking a consultation with a sleep coach to explore the problem further. Sleep is a natural process that all our bodies are capable of doing but we may sometimes experience mental and physical barriers.
As sleep can be affected by so many different factors, searching for the answers on your own can be extremely frustrating. I’d urge you to speak with a specialist to help you identify these sleep barriers and start your journey to feeling alert and energetic again! Good quality sleep can be our superpower.
Otherwise, if your difficulties falling asleep are infrequent, experiment with an orgasm before bed and pay attention to how you feel afterwards! Allow yourself to relax and enjoy all those wonderful hormones.
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