Some nights are filled with tossing, turning, yawning, and extreme frustration. Although there are various reasons for a lack of quality sleep (such as stress, screen time, and caffeine), there are also some surprising solutions to help relax your body and mind.
One of our favorite suggestions: giving yourself an orgasm. Considering 50-70 million US adults have sleeping disorders, adding masturbation to your nightly routine might not be a bad idea.
The Science Behind Orgasms
Masturbation is not only good for climax and pleasure, but it's also a great way to calm your mind and quiet any stressful thoughts that you might have. A study published in Frontiers in Public Health suggests that the release of oxytocin (the bonding hormone), serotonin (the mood-stabilizing hormone), and prolactin (the satisfaction hormone) following sexual activity (with or without a partner) can help improve your sleep.
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Another brain-chemistry benefit of masturbating is the inhibition of cortisol, the chemical associated with stress. One reason many of us struggle with going to sleep at night is that our minds wander into stressful territories, which makes it harder than usual to relax. At night, your body naturally releases oxytocin, serotonin, and prolactin, along with melatonin, as part of your daily cycle.
While melatonin is the hormone that makes you feel sleepy, the other hormones mentioned can help give you a better quality of sleep. If you masturbate and orgasm, you're effectively boosting that process.
How Self-Pleasure Can Help You Sleep
People may choose masturbation over partnered sex for several reasons: perhaps because they don't have a partner, or because sex with someone else creates additional stressors. Other people may simply not be having as much sex as they would like. With masturbation, people often experience less stress and less pressure to perform, which can lead to a relaxation mode that will help you sleep better.
Masturbation can also have a placebo effect. Some research suggests that if you believe an orgasm will help you sleep better, you’ll fall asleep faster after orgasm.
Even though masturbating before sleep can help you get a better night’s sleep — either because of the chemicals released or the placebo effect — you might still find yourself unable to go to sleep after masturbating. It’s important to note that while feeling relaxed and happy may ease sleep, it doesn’t necessarily make you feel sleepy. Still, approaching masturbation as a form of self-care can be an important part of an evening relaxation routine.
Self pleasure can get out of your head and in touch with your body. Creating a bedtime routine can help you get better sleep overall, so why not build a masturbation routine into your bedtime routine? Sweet dreams.