How Sex Makes You Happier

by Lovehoney

on Jan 17, 2020

How Sex Makes You Happier

There are endless studies that show sex makes us happier.

From improving long term relationships, to boosting our cognitive ability as we age, to even reducing physical pain, sex gives us plenty of reasons to smile

But, how does it work? How does a cheeky romp between the sheets do so much for our well-being?

In this blog we take a deeper look at sex and happiness, to discover why getting lucky makes us feel so damn good.

Sex reduces anxiety and depression

Let's face it, the world is a worrying place at the moment. Luckily, sex reduces anxiety and depression.

This is due to the mood boosting chemicals that the brain releases when you bang.

These lovely feel good chemicals include dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin, the latter of which plays a role in increasing compassion and social bonding.

Sex helps you sleep better

A good night's sleep can be the difference between jollily going about your day with a spring in your step, to having a full-on tantrum at the office. In fact, studies have found good sleeping habits are one of the most important factors of mental well-being.

To add a cherry onto this already delicious news cupcake, sex before bed could improve your sleep. After an orgasm, the body releases the hormone prolactin, which often leads to drowsiness and a general feeling of relaxation.

So, next time you can't get off, try getting it on.

Sex relieves stress

When you're feeling stressed, a cheeky spot of hanky-panky may be the last thing on your mind. However, regular sex has been found to reduce cortisol, therefore lowering stress and regulating your mood.

Not only do orgasms release muscle tension, but studies have found that having sex every day for two weeks may lead to cell growth in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that regulates mood.

All the more reason to leave that stress ball alone and give something else a squeeze.

Masturbation works too!

Don't think all this feel-good-fun is just for couples; solo-flyers can boost their moods in the bedroom too.

A night in with your bits could help you to lower stress, enhance your body image and improve your physical health. In fact, a study found that men who ejaculated 21 times per month had a 20% lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

It's no surprise that masturbation makes people happier, an orgasm is the biggest non-drug related blast of dopamine readily available to the brain - like you needed any more reasons to rub one out...

Don't knock a cuddle

While mind-blowing orgasms are a saucy way to turn a frown upside down, studies show that loving, physical contact is the real key to happiness.

Just being close to your partner is enough to increase levels of oxytocin, bonding you together and making you feel happy and safe. In fact, embracing your loved one can lower your blood pressure, or even relieve pressure in stressful situations.


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Originally published on Jan 17, 2020. Updated on Aug 5, 2020