Orgasms have calming effects, so if you don't have a partner, you should take matters into your own hands. At least that's what GP and author Dr. Jeff Foster claims.
He explained why we feel sleepy after sex:
"Sexual activity can also result in a calming or even sedating effect."
"This is also deliberate. And is designed to allow our bodies to recover from the recent physical exertion of sexual activity or masturbation."
Dr. Forster is not the only person claiming that climaxing leads to a better night's rest. There are also numerous studies and surveys that back up his statements.
How Does Masturbation Help You Sleep?
Masturbation puts you to sleep by using simple science:
"Sexual activity, usually that which results in orgasm, causes a release of multiple hormones, including dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and prolactin."
A recent survey conducted that 95 percent of people enjoy better sleep after an orgasm. It comes as no surprise since all these hormones have mood-altering effects. They leave us happy, content and awaken the positive feelings of relaxation.
When you go to sleep feeling good, your quality of sleep improves.
Dr. Foster further explained:
"In general, all we can say is that we know what the hormonal and biochemical effects of masturbation are, and as a consequence, most people will likely have some degree of improved sleep quality as a result."
While sex as an act releases "love hormones," dopamine, and oxytocin, it doesn't mean that masturbation won't "trick" your brain into feeling just as joyful as if you had a partner to share your experiences.
As Dr. Forster said:
"Masturbation is the same as sexual intercourse, and therefore, the differentiation between the two is only significant in terms of the fact that other people may or may not be involved in the process."
And as we said, your brain doesn't really know the difference:
"From a sleep perspective, your brain does not care if you had sex with someone or by yourself."
Chemistry Of Masturbation
Science journalist Melinda Wenner also researched "feel-good hormones" and their links to masturbation. She concluded:
"Research shows that during ejaculation, men release a cocktail of brain chemicals, including norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, vasopressin, nitric oxide and the hormone prolactin."
Wenner added that these hormones are linked to melatonin, otherwise known as the "sleeping hormone:"
"Their release also frequently accompanies that of melatonin, the primary hormone that regulates our body clocks."
If you require a good rest, science agrees that first, you need to play with yourself or your partner. Really, sex and masturbation make a perfect blend that will put you in the best night's sleep:
"Since the common causes of insomnia include chronic pain, racing thoughts, and an unusual sleep schedule, it seems like orgasms release the perfect chemical cocktail for getting a good night of sleep."
"There's nothing worse than trying to fall asleep while you have anxious, negative thoughts swirling through your brain."
"The relaxed feelings and reduced stress associated with masturbation can help turn off your "fight-or-flight" mechanism and help you drift off to sleep with a clear mind."
Good sleep will have you with your mental health, relationships, and decision-making. Do we really have to tell you why you need to be more in tune with your sexual desires?