Sex and sexuality are important components of health in adults. Sexual health is not only physical but also involves emotions, relationships, and broader quality of life. Sleep also has far-reaching effects on well-being. It is a pillar of health that is critical to nearly every process and system of the body. Despite the major role that both sleep and sex have in overall wellness, the relationship between them has often been overlooked. Fortunately, though, expanding knowledge in health sciences has started to reveal an important, bidirectional link between sex and sleep.
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Sex and Sleep: Perceptions of Sex as a Sleep Promoting Behavior in the General Adult Population
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The bedroom, according to the National Sleep Foundation , is designed for two things: sex and sleep. A study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior suggests people, whether single or married, were having sex less often during the early s than they were in the late s — at a rate of nine fewer times per year. Overall, fewer people are in steady relationships and those who are, including married people, are having sex less often.