When you think about it, it makes logical sense that a person is not at their sexual peak when they are tired all the time due to not enough, or bad quality, sleep.
That logical theory has now been backed up by a study, carried out for the Journal of Sexual Medicine, which found that lack of sleep is directly related to a low libido.
One hundred and seventy one women took part in the experiment, which showed that just one extra hour of sleep per night increased the likelihood that they would have sex with their partner that night by an impressive 14 percent.
The study also found that women who got more sleep experienced fewer issues when it came to getting aroused than those who had less sleep.
Dr. David Kalmbach said about the study, “The influence of sleep on sexual desire and arousal has received little attention in the field. But these findings indicate that insufficient sleep can decrease sexual desire and arousal for women.”
Dr. Kalmbach added that it’s not so much a question of more sleep as it is a question of reading one’s body properly, “I think the take-home message should not be that more sleep is better, but that it is important to allow ourselves to obtain the sleep that our mind and body needs.”
As well as the recent new study, scientists from the University of Chicago found in another study that men who get less than five hours sleep a night for a week or longer have far lower levels of testosterone.
As Professor Eve Van Cauter, who led that study, said, “Low testosterone levels are associated with reduced wellbeing and vigour, which may also occur as a consequence of sleep loss.”
Sleep is, of course, not the only factor when it comes to low sex drive as poor diet, being overweight, and low iron levels also play important roles.
A British doctor, Radha Modgil, said, “Low iron levels are thought to reduce the quality of blood flow and so sap energy,” she explains. “If you’re exhausted, sex is obviously the last thing you feel like doing.”
So if you are wondering why your sex drive is so low these days, perhaps consider getting some better quality shut-eye at night — it might just work for you.