Not feeling particularly into sex recently? Blame your bed, not the person in it.
A two-week study, newly published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, found evidence of a link between female sleep patterns and sexual arousal.
Self-reported data gleaned from 171 women showed for every extra hour of sleep they got, study participants were 14 percent more likely to have sex with their partners that day.
The surprising benefit was recorded regardless of age or lifestyle.
And although women who slept for extra long periods of time experienced trouble becoming vaginally aroused the next day, the team reports those who had lengthier average sleep times than their fellows were more likely to be easily aroused.
It seems their habitual dedication to getting enough rest paid off.
In a statement, lead author Dr. David Kalmbach said his research is the first of its kind, adding,
...these findings indicate that insufficient sleep can decrease sexual desire and arousal for women.
I think the take-home message should not be that more sleep is better, but that it is important to allow ourselves to obtain the sleep that our mind and body needs.
Don't think of one restful night as a total fix for problems in the bedroom. Think of it as a lifestyle change to improve intimacy in the long run.
And tell your partner to get ready for tomorrow; you're turning in early tonight.