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Good sleep is needed for good sex

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Researchers say good sleep can lead to good sex. It has been confirmed by research that there is an association between decreased sexual function in postmenopausal women and shorter sleep durations with increased insomnia symptoms.


The frustrations of aging for women are manifold with concerns about appearance and agility of their bodies, the functioning of their minds and their sexual desires. Sleeping well can assist women in not just maintaining good health in body and mind as they age, sleep can also help women maintain better sexual function.

The North American Menopause Society
reports improved sleep can lead to better sex. It has been confirmed by research that there is an association between increased symptoms of insomnia and lower sexual function in postmenopausal women with decreased sleep durations.

A woman's level of sexual satisfaction may be disturbed by problems with sleep

It is not unusual for women to experience sleep disturbances during menopause. Problems sleeping may be associated with many poor health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and depression. It has also been observed that a woman's level of sexual satisfaction may be disturbed by problems with sleep.

In this study of the data of 93,668 women between the ages of 50 to 79 years who took part in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study, less sleep duration, which has been defined as less than 7 to 8 hours a night, is associated with less of a chance of gaining sexual satisfaction. The researchers say the association between sleep length and quality of sleep with sexual satisfaction was seen even after considering other possible causes of poor sleep such as chronic disease and depression.

Older women were not as likely to be active sexually if they got less than 7 to 8 hours per night

In older women there was not as much of a likelihood of being active sexually if they got less than 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night in comparison with younger women. In women who were older than 70 years old there was a 30 percent less likelihood of being sexually active if they slept less than 5 hours a night. It has been known that there is an increased prevalence of sleep disturbances with age.

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This study has been published in the journal Menopause. The researchers wanted to determine if there was an association between sexual activity and sexual satisfaction with characteristics of sleep in postmenopausal women. This study suggests good quality sleep is essential for good sexual functioning.

Getting good sleep naturally is preferable to sleeping pills

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians makes some good suggestions to help get better sleep naturally. In view of the many potential side effects with sleeping pills it's a good idea to carefully consider natural approaches to better sleep.

Make certain you don't drink too much water or other fluids just before bedtime. This could lead to awakening during the night to use the bathroom and problems falling back to sleep. You should also try to get a good amount of exercise on a routine basis. People who are primarily sedentary generally get just light sleep which is easily disturbed. People who work out well a minimum of three times a week generally get better and more relaxing sleep.

You should also make certain your bedroom is dark. Just a little bit of light may turn off your production of melatonin for the evening. Melatonin is made by your brain and it has the effects of allowing you to sleep. Melatonin supplements are available.

You should also attempt to stay away from being stimulated by electromagnetic waves. Items which emit electromagnetic waves, such as touch lamps, clock radios and smartphones should be kept away from your bed. Your brain must relax for you to sleep well and exposure to electromagnetic waves makes this very difficult.

It's also advisable to consume an adequate amount of tryptophan in your diet. Tryptophan is an amino acid which is a precursor for the production of melatonin. Tryptophan levels are high in turkey, cottage cheese, parmesan and cheddar cheeses, and sesame seeds.

The bottom line is a healthy lifestyle and nutritious food is important for good sleep. Women past menopause should give this careful consideration just like anybody else should. The better sleep which is generally experienced with these approaches can help promote better sexual functioning.