In fact, patients with urological disorders or erectile dysfunction (ED) may have a sleep disorder that contributes to their urological or sexual dysfunction.
How Short Sleep Negatively Impacts Our Sex Lives
The sleep-sex connection may be more prevalent in women because of the effects of pregnancy, postpartum lifestyle, and menopause. Pregnancy, menopause, and of course new babies, can all cause sleep disorders or insomnia, lowering some women’s interest in sex due to fatigue, stress, or depression.
Sleep and Sex Drive in Women
Sexual function and desire is closely linked to the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS causes your body to react to stressors (good or bad). It is well-known that the part of the ANS that reacts to good stimulators plays an important part in sexual arousal.
Sleep is important to a whole cascade of events linked to the proper function of the ANS and hormonal releases. Plus, the part of the ANS that responds to negative triggers, like stress, becomes more sensitive when people do not get enough sleep.
Therefore, the conclusion that sleep deprivation can trigger a lower sex drive is not surprising. In order to optimalize their sex drive, it is important for women to let themselves get all the sleep they need to be fully rested, mentally and physically.
Sex Releases Hormones That Facilitate Sleep
After sex, these hormones tend to act like sedatives, causing both men and women to feel sleepy and relaxed. Sex also decreases the amount of circulating cortisol in the blood; cortisol is a stress hormone associated with the fight-or-flight response.
How to Improve Your Sleep and Sex Life
Remember, turn off all screens at night and leave your phone out of the bedroom. Artificial light can keep you awake and disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm long after you finally turn the screens off. Plus, if you and/or your partner spend each night staring at your phones in bed, you likely won’t be in the mood for sex anyway.