Sleep is important for sex life middle-aged women

Sleep is important for sex life middle-aged women

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Women during their menopause to insomnia suffering, would be less satisfied with their sex life, concluded researchers after a study of the 93.668 women.

The research, which was published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), would confirm that there is a relationship between shorter sleep, increased symptoms of insomnia, and decreased sexual function in postmenopausal women.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School, the University of California and the Mayo Clinic in Arizona studied 93.668 women between 50 to 79 years, and came to the conclusion that the better a person sleeps, the greater their sense of and pleasure in sex. Those who are tired, would be much less satisfied with their sex life.

56 percent of the participants in the study said “best” or “very” satisfied with their sex life, and 52% confirmed in the last twelve months to have sex with a partner. Slightly less than a third of the surveyed group reported to suffer from insomnia, which is known as a symptom of menopause and can lead to high blood pressure and depression.

The results of the research show that the relationship between the quality of sleep, length of sleep and sexual satisfaction was maintained, even after having taken into account other causes of insomnia, such as depression and chronic diseases.


While insomnia in women led to the decrease of their sex drive, took remarkably enough, not the frequency of the sex that their partner had. According to the researchers, the nature of insomnia were women their daily activities, such as sex, continue to do so, but that their perception and satisfaction with this physical activity be colored by their lack of sleep.

Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, director of NAMS, said: “Women and health care providers are the link between symptoms of menopause and sleep deprivation and their effects on sexual satisfaction, to recognize,” she says. “Fortunately, there are effective treatments that can help with sleep deprivation and sexual satisfaction, such as hormone therapy, which in our study has shown that an effective treatment can be for women in the menopause”, says the researcher.

Age group

From the research, it would appear that the relationship between slaapniveaus and sexual pleasure differs by age group. It could be that older women, compared to younger, less often sexually active, less than seven to eight hours per night of sleep. Women over the age of seventy years, that less than five hours per night sleep, would be 30 percent less sexually active than as old women who are seven to eight hours of sleep.

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