5 Science-backed Benefits of Morning Sex
Too tired for sex at night? Try having it when you wake up in the morning. From reducing stress to boosting your immune system, here are five science-backed health benefits of morning sex.
For a lot of us, waking up with the alarm, a daily workout, a cup of tea or coffee and some breakfast are mandatory inclusions in our morning routine. For others, hitting the snooze button to get in a few more minutes of sleep before they are forced to get up might be the preferred way of starting the day. But have you ever considered making morning sex a part of your daily routine?
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While there is no conclusive research to suggest that having sex in the morning is more beneficial than at any other time of the day, it is a fact that the high levels of the hormone dopamine, which is at its highest when you wake up from sleep, can make sexual activity extremely pleasurable. Sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone are also replenished during the REM cycle, which makes it easier for you to experience arousal in the morning. Besides, you are much more likely to be in the mood for sex in the morning after a restful night’s sleep than at night after a long, stressful day at work or home.
But the perks of indulging in a round of morning sex can go beyond just the physical release. From physical to psychological, here are some great health benefits of morning sex.
- Can relieve stress
While too much stress can kill your sex drive, sex itself is an excellent stress reliever. Sex can decrease the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol in your blood, according to a study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour in 2016. Sex also fosters intimacy with your partner, which in turn reduces anxiety and boosts your mood. So if you want to start your day in a relaxed, happy way, morning sex can be the perfect activity for you.
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- Can be equivalent to a light workout
If you are too lazy to hit the gym every morning, then having sex can be an enjoyable substitute. According to research published in PLOS One in 2013, sex can expend enough energy to be considered a significant exercise. While sex cannot replace actual exercise, it can be a fun way to get some extra physical activity.
- Can trigger the release of oxytocin, the love hormone
The physical closeness of sex, as well reaching an orgasm, floods your body with the neurotransmitter oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone”. Oxytocin makes you feel relaxed and happy and, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2012, can increase your emotional intimacy with your partner.
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- May boost your immune system
Looking for ways to naturally strengthen your immune system? Have more sex. In a study published in Psychological Reports in 2012, it was found that people who had sex at least once or twice a week experienced a 30 per cent increase in the antibody Immunoglobin A (IgA), which is your body's first line of defence against infections. Thus a morning quickie can be a great accompaniment to your daily immunity-boosting wellness shots.
- Can energise you for the rest of your day
Much like your morning workout routine, sex triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins are your body's natural pain relievers. According to a study published in Brain and Behaviour in 2019, the rush of endorphins you get from sex can increase your heart rate, improve circulation and promote stamina. Endorphins have also been connected to boosting self-esteem, according to a 2021 review published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Having sex in the morning can thus make you feel energised and ready to tackle any challenges the day might bring.