We get countless benefits from having a good, regular sex life and sleeping better is just one of them. Over the years, various studies have shown the importance of sex for our physical and mental health, as well as the value of a restful sleep. The truth is they go hand in hand: the more sex we have, the more natural we'll fall asleep, and more sleep boosts our sex drive. Those two are deeply interconnected: our sex life has a significant influence on our sleep habits, but our sleep habits could help or hurt our sex life. If you're not sleeping well because of stress or lack of proper resting conditions, you'll be tired, grumpy and irritable and your sex drive is going to be way down.
There is no single, definitive scientific explanation for this age-old conundrum. But if you think about it long enough, the sex— sleep connection makes sense, particularly when you consider that many men have their first orgasms while unconscious. After orgasm, both men and women release the chemicals oxytocin, prolactin, gamma amino butyric acid GABA , and endorphins. Each of these contributes to that roll-over-and-snore feeling.
For many women, the correlation between sex and snoring is one of those annoying facts of life: no matter when passionate encounters occur, men always seem to fall asleep immediately afterwards. So in lieu of a cure, a better explanation will have to do. Although women sometimes feel sleepy after sex, the phenomenon does seem more pronounced in men. What is it, then, that spirals them into the land of nod?
Sometimes falling asleep is just a response to sex and it doesn't mean that your partner is uninterested. There's a good chance you've found yourself falling into a peaceful slumber after an intimate encounter. Or maybe you've been frustrated with a partner who has passed out without cuddling. But there are a lot of reasons people fall asleep after sex, and it doesn't necessarily mean a partner is uninterested.