A LACK of sleep nearly doubles the risk of sex-related problems in women, experts have warned.
If you're consistently failing to get enough sleep then it could impact how much satisfaction you're getting between the sheets.
A new study, published in Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society found that good quality sleep is linked to a better, more pleasurable sex life.
Experts analysed questionnaires on sleep and sex from 3,400 women.
The women had an average age of 53, but the experts did not disclose what kind of professions the women were in and if there was any link to this.
As well as answering questions about sleep quality, the women were also asked to rate how satisfied they were with their sex lives.
The study found that those who had less sleep had higher levels of distress when it came to their sex lives and that those who had a better quality of sleep experienced a better sex life.
It found that women who slept for less than five hours every night were less likely to enjoy their time under the sheets, in comparison to those who had five hours or more.
Tired of feeling tired? Here’s four big mistakes you’re making when it comes to sleep
Nutritionist Emily Rollason reveals her top tips for a better quality kip.
Cut caffeine habits: Emily said: “Many of us know that caffeine has a stimulatory effect and it can keep us feeling energised, but what you might not be aware of is how long it takes the body to process caffeine – it may surprise you!
"Caffeine has a half-life of four to six hours in the body, meaning it can take up to six hours for your body to process just half of the caffeine you’ve consumed. That cup of coffee you had in the afternoon for a quick pick-me-up, could still be affecting your sleep at night!"
Focus on the positives: Before going to sleep try clearing your mind by writing your thoughts down in a journal.
Jayne, founder of Psychic Sisters said: "This helps relieve your mind of things that may be worrying you, helping to give you a restful sleep.
“Instead, try to draft some positive and calming affirmations and repeat these a few times each night. Phrases such as “I’m relaxed and calm” “I feel happy and complete” “I am de-stressed and relaxed” or “My mind is calm and de-cluttered.
Tweak your environment: While working from home has made it hard to keep our bedrooms just for sleep, experts say you can still make it into a comfortable environment.
Emily said you can use candle or try a new facial routine to help
Regulate your cycle: Emily said that good nutrition is essential when it comes to your sleep cycle.
She added: “Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, a building block of protein that cannot be produced by the human body and therefore we need to obtain this through our diet.
“Tryptophan is used in the body as part of the process of creating neurotransmitters that regulate our sleep pattern. Tryptophan is commonly found in foods such as milk, oats and eggs."
Author of the study, Dr Stephanie Faubion said the results were "unsurprising" but stated that medics needed to be asking women about both their sleep and sexual wellbeing.
Speaking to CNN she said: "If you put a platter of sleep and a platter of sex in front of a tired woman, she's going to pick sleep every time.
"Sleep may be something easier to ask about, and poor sleep is associated with so many negative outcomes, such as cardiovascular disease.
"If she's not sleeping well, that leads you to the next question, because sexual function is probably suffering too."
There are a number of reasons why sex is linked to better sleep and why if you've had a decent kip, you're more likely to want to have sex.
For example, after having an orgasm, many women feel relaxed, and this triggers a slumber state.
This results in a boost of hormones that can help aid sleep in both men and women.
For women, estrogen levels can also increase after an orgasm, this can in turn enhance REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and promote a better night's sleep.
People usually enter the REM sleep stage in the first 90 minutes of their sleep cycle and it can account for up to 25 per cent of your sleep.
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