Author of “A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex” tells couples how to get their buzz back
| Sep 5, 2019
| CNN – Being sleep deprived in today’s busy world is almost taken for granted. In fact, in some circles, it’s cause for bragging rights.
Yet science has linked poor slumber with high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, weight gain, mood swings, paranoia, depression and a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and some cancers.
And just in case you didn’t know, it’s also a buzzkill for your libido.
“It’s pretty simple,” said Laure Mintz, author of “A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex.”
“If you’re exhausted and not getting enough sleep your sex drive is going to be extremely low.”
And then one day it hits you; sleep has overtaken sex as your favorite pastime.
A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine followed nearly 4,000 men and women in their early- to mid-60s for a year and found that poor sleep was associated with erectile dysfunction for men, and arousal problems and orgasmic difficulty for women.
True, these were older folks, who are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea (a known culprit for an unhealthy sex life), and overall health issues that might impact their slumber.
But sleep apnea is on the rise in younger generations — especially in men — and guess what, guys? No matter what your age, a lack of sleep impacts your levels of testosterone. Low levels of testosterone can lead to a lack of sexual desire and erectile dysfunction.
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