Many of us probably start our mornings the same way—wake up, grab a cup of coffee, take a shower and head out the door. Coffee is often the go-to way to make yourself feel awake, but there may be another way to boost your energy levels—morning sex. When your body wakes up, testosterone and estrogen (the primary male and female sex hormones) are at their peak. And because your libido is affected by your hormone levels, you’re likely to feel friskier when you first wake up.
Engaging in sex in the morning can set you up with a positive mindset for the remainder of your day. Sex makes us feel good, energized and connected with our partners. Continue reading to learn about the science of sex and the brain and how you can benefit from morning sex.
Benefits of Morning Sex
It’s no secret that sex has many benefits, but morning sex has some surprising physical and emotional benefits, too. These advantages can set you up for success for your entire day. Not only will you start your morning feeling good, but you’ll also feel energized and less stressed.
When you first wake up, you might feel too sleepy to get frisky with your partner. But if you persevere through the morning grogginess, you’ll find yourself in a better mood, closer to your partner, more productive and sleeping better at night. Adding morning sex to your routine might be the best decision you’ve ever made for your body and your mind. Here’s why.
It Boosts Your Mood
Morning sex benefits you not only physically but emotionally, too. While you’re having sex, your body releases dopamine and oxytocin, two feel-good chemicals that give you a sense of pleasure and make you feel happy and relaxed. Starting your day off with a boost of these two hormones can encourage your brain to focus, find things interesting and generally start your day on the right foot.
Oxytocin is particularly beneficial for boosting your mood. Research suggests that healthy levels of oxytocin are linked to your sense of well-being. Additionally, increases in this hormone help you feel less depressed and more satisfied with your life.
Studies have also shown that oxytocin is essential for developing emotional relationships, and is often found in maternal and paternal behaviors. Research also shows that oxytocin is released specifically in women’s brains during sexual activity, helping females feel emotionally connected to their partner.
It Helps Relieve Stress
Are you feeling stressed? Hit the sheets with your partner. One of the effects of sex in the morning is that it can help alleviate your stress hormone levels and anxiety. Oxytocin released when a man or woman has an orgasm counteracts the stress hormone, cortisol.
If you’ve ever found yourself eating comfort food in times of high-stress, you might be trying to make yourself feel better and ease your anxiety. Usually, this comfort food you crave is rich in carbohydrates and can temporarily reduce stress levels associated with cortisol levels. However, a healthier alternative to eating comfort food is sex.
Next time you’re feeling pressure from work or in your personal life, put the mac and cheese away and have a little morning sex. You’ll be feeling stress-free, relaxed and in a better mood in no time.
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It’s a Workout
Working out in the evening after work is not something most of us enjoy. Stop suffering through that sweaty session at the gym in the evening. Instead, burn those calories with a fun and pleasurable activity in the morning by simply having sex. Studies have shown that you might not work off the same amount of calories as sprinting on a treadmill, but even moderate exercise has its benefits. Take your time. The longer you spend having morning sex, the better the workout.
Additionally, experiment with different positions. Having sex standing up can help you burn more calories than in the missionary position, but you’ll certainly get a core workout either way. The missionary position may seem a bit more inviting when you or your partner are feeling less energetic. But a little enthusiasm can give your glutes, core and pelvic muscles a workout you won’t forget.
Don’t be afraid to switch things up and make it a bit steamy. Speaking of steamy, turn that heat up. If you’re looking to maximize your workout, make the room hot. You’ll sweat more and get a better burn.
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It Can Make You More Productive
Next time you’re feeling unmotivated at work, remember that morning sex can help make you more productive in the workplace. Newer studies have discovered that employees who had sex recently felt more engaged and satisfied at work, as well as saw an increase in their productivity.
If you have a laundry list of things to accomplish for the weekend, you might want to set the tone of the day with a little sex in the morning. A recent survey reported that 45 percent of females and 53 percent of males felt that they were more productive on days they had morning sex.
Check more things off your to-do list by adding an extra step into your morning routine. It might seem surprising, but spending a little more time in the bedroom and sacrificing a small amount of sleep can help you feel more productive and achieve whatever you’ve been putting off.
It Might Improve Your Memory
As we get older, our memory starts to decline. It’s a natural part of the aging process that tends to scare most of us. The good news is, studies have suggested there’s a link between sexual activity and improved memory performance, particularly among older people.
One reason might be that frequent sex can increase the number of neural connections in your brain. Older adults who consistently engage in sex have more neurons in the region of the brain associated with information-retention. Unfortunately, the study showed that the improvements in cognitive function declined when abstaining from sex, emphasizing the importance of consistency and having sex frequently.
Start your day off right and boost that brainpower by getting down in the bed before starting your day. Your brain will thank you later.
It Brings You and Your Partner Closer
Next time you’re feeling emotionally disconnected, grab your partner and head to the bedroom. While having sex, you’ll both release oxytocin, often referred to as the “cuddle chemical.” This hormone ensures you’ll both feel a greater sense of connection and affection towards each other for the rest of the day.
Another one of the benefits of morning romance is that it might decrease infidelity between couples. Researchers from a 2012 German study gave one group of male participants in monogamous relationships oxytocin intranasally. For the control group, they gave the remaining male participants in monogamous relationships a placebo.
Results showed that men in relationships who received oxytocin were more likely to stay physically and socially distant from an attractive female compared to those who received the placebo.
Sex can bring you and your partner closer and make you feel more committed to each other.
It Will Help You Sleep Better That Night
Most of us feel relaxed after sex or having an orgasm, which is why people will often fool around or masturbate before bed. But having sex in the morning can also help you sleep better at night.
Sex typically requires physical effort, similar to a workout, and can give you energy. The more energy you use throughout the day, the more tired you’ll be in the evening. You might have noticed that you sleep better on days that you’ve had an intense workout. Morning sex gives you energy to set you up for a productive day while also improving your sleep patterns and overall sleep quality.
If you wake up in the wee hours of the morning and can’t sleep, roll over and wake your partner up for a bit of fooling around. Chances are you’ll burn energy and eventually fall into a restful state, or you’ll feel ready to tackle the day. Either way, it’s a win-win.
It Boosts Your Immune System
You might be surprised to learn that sex can also boost your immune system. Not only will the intimacy bring you closer to your partner, but it will lower your stress, as well. Stress and anxiety are often linked to illnesses, so if you’ve been feeling under the weather, you might just need to spend more time in the bedroom with your partner.
Sexually active people tend to have fewer sick days. Research suggests that people who have sex more often—typically once or twice a week—have higher levels of immunoglobulin (antibodies made by white blood cells). Your body will be able to better fight against viruses and bacteria that bring on common illnesses. Just don’t rely on morning sex to keep you healthy—eat a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep and exercise.
Add Sex to Your Morning Routine
Next time your partner is craving a little romp in the bedroom, you might want to take them up on it. The health benefits, emotionally and physically, will set you on a path to success for the entire day.
Start waking up ten minutes earlier a few times a week to incorporate morning sex into your routine. You and your partner will feel more connected and less stressed. You’ll sleep better and can even get your morning workout done for the day.
If you can’t convince your partner to set that alarm a bit earlier, tell them how they’ll be in a better mood and more productive throughout the rest of the day.