Physical intimacy alleviates stress and improves your overall health – here’s how…
Many studies have shown that the physical act of just touching or holding your partner releases a calming hormone known as oxytocin, often called the “bonding hormone”.
By increasing the levels of oxytocin with sex and decreasing the levels of cortisol, we are actually improving our physical and emotional health. As well as our sleep! According to the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, “The release from orgasm does much towards calming people. It helps with sleep, and that is whether we talk about solo sex or sex with a partner.”
Many studies also show that sleep may be deeper and more restful after engaging in satisfying sexual intercourse because it allows the release of distracting thoughts and negative thinking behaviors. Engaging in sex prior to falling asleep at night also decreases instances of insomnia.
James Coan, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, says “Being in an intimate relationship correlates to healing faster, getting sick less often and living longer.” “Good relationships offset tension in daily life.” Anxiety spikes blood pressure, which hobbles the immune system. “But when you have sex, you release feel-good hormones, including oxytocin and endorphins,” Coan adds. Eventually, you begin to associate your partner with those positive feelings, and he becomes someone you trust to be your soother during tough times.
A study at the University of Gottingen in Germany found that people who have less sexual activity actually tend to take on more work to compensate for their frustration. And the increased labor results in—you guessed it—even less sex. And not having sex can often create the cycle of getting even more tense…thus having even less sex!
So, take the time… better yet, MAKE the time to spend quality, intimate time with your significant other on a regular basis. As you can see, it has health benefits that shouldn’t be ignored.