Sleep and the sex-crazed

Sleep and the sex-crazed

By Steve Korver Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:30
Men prefer sex after sleeping … Women who sleep more have better sex … People in love sleep less … Men go sex-crazed after sleeping sickness … These news flashes and more in this week’s Sex in the Press. 

“Differences in sex o'clock between the sexes”

“They say women are from Venus and men are from Mars – but a new sex survey suggests that members of the opposite sex seem to operate in different time zones too,” according to ‘Women want sex before bed while men want it in the morning, study finds’.

“While women like to get steamy between 11:21pm on average, men are more likely to be turned on at the rather inconvenient time of 7:54am.”

A mere 16 per cent of the surveyed men wanted to have sex before sleepy time.

Do men perhaps need to dream before they can make their women scream?

More sleep, more sex

“Each additional hour of sleep is found to increase the next day's possibility of sex by 14%,” according to ‘Women who sleep more also have more sex, a new study finds’.

More sleep also seems to lead to better sex: “Women reported higher physical arousal after a longer average period of sleep, with the average sleep duration clocking in at seven hours, 22 minutes.”

So: “If there’s anything women or their partners can do to help promote good sleep for one another, whether it’s helping out around the house to reduce workload, planning romantic getaways, or just practicing good sleep hygiene, it could help protect against having problems in the bedroom,” the study’s author concluded.

Love is a crack pipe

So why do couples that are freshly in love sleep less?

Because they’re basically cranked up on cocaine, according to ‘Falling in love? Why you’ll kiss your sleep goodbye’.

Love floods our system with various hormones and neurotransmitters that elevate our mood, boost our energy and heighten our ability to concentrate.

For example, the neurotransmitter dopamine is part of our natural reward system – giving us pleasure when we engage in survival activities such as eating, drinking and sex. “It is also the system that gets hijacked in addictions to various drugs. When we are in love our brain is in a pleasure state not unlike being high on drugs like cocaine.”

“There are other neurobiological alterations that occur with passionate love, including an increase in certain hormones involved in the stress response (cortisol) and those implicated in bonding with your mate (vasopressin and oxytocin). This brain cocktail leaves us in a hypomanic-like condition. As with hypomania – a state of elevated mood, energy and activity that occurs with bipolar disorder – the need for sleep may be reduced when we are intensely in love.”

But couples shouldn’t worry too much about losing the sleep – just live the dream.

Sex-crazed sleepers

“They call it ‘Sleepy Hollow’, the small village of Kalachi in Kazakhstan, where a strange sleeping sickness leaves inhabitants unconscious for days at a time,” according to ‘Mysterious sleeping sickness leaves men sex-crazed in Kazakhstan’s “Village of the Damned”’.

“As soon as men were recovering after waking, they needed sex right there and then, and this feeling lasted for at least a month.”

One man “still couldn’t eat properly let alone walk, but he was all over his wife. He really needed it,” says one Kalachi woman. “The doctors laugh and the nurses blush when they see our men.”

“The mystery illness first struck four years ago, and as of September last year, 126 people of the 600 inhabitants had succumbed to the disease. It is like a plague, some villagers say; others believe the illness is caused by radiation blown from the former uranium mines […] As yet, no one has been able to explain the cause of this strange and terrifying illness.”

Is it perhaps just a case of dreaming too much for too long?


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