- Gender and Relationships
A Spicy Sex Life is Good For Your Health
Many experts believe that stress and a hectic lifestyle can severely influence mood, sleep quality and waistline. A healthy and satisfying sex life is important to intimate relationships. Studies show that couples who maintain an active love life tend to live longer, healthier and happier lives.
Sex as a Stress Reliever
An active love life relieves stress. A study in Biological Psychology found a link between hugs and lower blood pressure in women. The same study also found making love frequently to be associated with lower diastolic blood pressure in both partners.
Burn Calories in the Bedroom
Thirty minutes of sex can burn up to 100 calories. Depending upon frequency, that could add up. Kissing burns about 120 calories per hour and undressing about 8 calories. Get creative with clothing removal and calorie burning goes up. Don’t forget to include a nice, sensual massage – that can burn another 80 or more calories in one hour.
Scientists at Wilkes-Barre University in Pennsylvania conducted a study and found that having sex twice a week actually resulted in higher levels of the immunoglobulin antibody. This particular antibody is known to protect against colds and other infections.
Benefits of Oxytocin Released During Sex
Researchers at the University of Pittsburg and the University of North Carolina found a correlation between intimate contact among partners and higher oxytocin (love hormone) levels. Scientists have found that the oxytocin released in the brain during sex may assist in the process of forming trust and generosity between partners.
The oxytocin released into the brain during orgasm also promotes sleep, which is encouraging for those prone to insomnia. Additionally, it’s been found that as oxytocin increases, endorphins increase and pain declines. This is good news for pain sufferers.
Sex has been linked to many other benefits as well. Cardio health, prevention of certain cancers, wound healing and age fighting to name a few more. So the next time you can’t sleep, have a headache or want to avoid a cold try heading for the bedroom.