health

The hidden health benefits of sex

By Sangeeta Kocharekar January 9, 2017
COUPLE IN BED

If having more sex wasn't on your New Years resolution list, here's why it should be

The New Year is a prosperous time for all – a chance for self-rejuvenation and personal reinvention. And one of the best ways to do this is simply by having more sex.

You probably don't need too much convincing to add this resolution to your list, but in case you did, we asked sleep expert Shea Morrison of The Goodnight Co. for the top five benefits of getting more in-between-the-sheets time.

COUPLE IN BED

1. It improves your immune system

It’s a well-known fact that endorphins can assist the body in many ways, but did you know that endorphins have been found to stimulate immune cells to fight disease? Research has also found that people who have sex regularly have higher levels of Immunoglobulin A, a type of antibody that defends against infections.

2. It reduces anxiety

Sexual arousal releases a combination of neurological chemical that boosts your brains' pleasure and reward system, whilst touching and hugging your partner can release Oxytocin into the body, a natural ‘feel good’ hormone. Sounds like an effective stress-reducing combination to us!

3. It benefits your sleep quality

After sex, a combination of hormones is released into the bloodstream, which is immediately responsible for the feeling of satisfaction and relaxation. This hormonal response can trigger the urge to cuddle and then fall asleep after intimacy.

4. It increases your libido

Just like any form of exercise; the more you do it, the more you want to do it. Having regular sex will improve your performance, improve your confidence and improve your libido.

5. It betters your athletic performance

If you’re looking to get that toned summer body, consider this: on average, sex burns about five calories per minute; the equivalent of one minute of brisk walking.

Images | Getty