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- Apr 04 2017
Things That Can Sink Your (or His) Sex Drive
Don’t let one of these sneaky issues ruin your time between the sheets
- SIX HOURS OF SLEEP
We are a nation of chronically sleep-deprived adults. This is not only affecting our looks, health, and ability to deal with everyday stressors, it’s also killing our sex drive. Chronic sleep deprivation can occur even if you get a solid six hours a night (the majority of adults need at least seven), can lower levels of testosterone—the sex drive hormone—in both men and women
Chronic snoring not only interrupts the snorer’s sleep, but also the person sleeping beside them. Suffering from sleep apnea, a condition that causes abnormal breathing throughout the night, can also result in chronic sleep deprivation, which not only affects sex drive but can also increases appetite, leading to weight gain.
- A CHRONICALLY BLUE MOOD
Depression is a common cause of poor sex drive and, in classic chicken and egg fashion, is often a reason for poor sleep quality. Not to mention that it can cause weight gain, leading to other libido-dampening medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
- WEEKDAY WARRIOR SYNDROME
Like sleep deprivation, anything that causes chronic, low-grade fatigue can lower sex hormones and increase appetite. In this case, excess exercise. While this is not a huge problem for most people, trying to work a full day then hitting the gym every night after work can result in the same libido-sapping exhaustion as skimping on sleep
- YOUR SMART PHONE
Unless you’re using it to watch a racy movie together, technology in the bedroom is a guaranteed sex killer. Laptops and smart phones just distract you from each other, and it’s nearly impossible to get your head in the right place for sex when two seconds ago you were responding to an email from your boss.
- SMOKING AND DRINKING
smoking, a killer not just for your heart and lungs but for vein health as well, is one of the worst things you can do to your sex drive, and to a lesser extent drinking, which can reduce sensitivity and the ability to achieve orgasm in both men and women.
- NO VACATION SINCE LONG
Living is stressful. And if you’re living together, you’re also stressing together. Of the emotional sources of low libido, stress is probably sexual enemy number one, whatever is its root cause. The cure is to get away from the stress, aka take a vacation. Because they don’t call it vacation sex for nothing.
- THE BABY IN THE NEXT ROOM
Add up the sleep deprivation, the fluctuating hormones, the post-pregnancy weight, the worry, and you’ve got a recipe for seriously low libido. Childbirth itself can cause vaginal changes including tears, decreased sensitivity, and vaginal laxity that can make it difficult to achieve orgasm, or even become aroused at all.
- THAT FIGHT FROM THREE WEEKS AGO
Unresolved anger is one of the biggest issues, especially in long-term relationships. When anger and resentment simmer for days or even weeks on end, these feelings can come to the surface in the bedroom, and it’s hard to feel attracted to your partner when you’re stewing over something. Women will often sweep the fight under the rug to keep the peace, which can chip away at sex drive.
- EXTRA-MARITAL FLIRTING
It’s not harmful if no one gets touched, right? Actually, the “emotional affair” and flirtation that takes place at work, in your social circle, on Facebook, even on Pinterest is detrimental because it’s taking time and energy away from your partner, which are both essential to keeping passion alive and well.
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