The Sex-Sleep Whirlpool

A scientific study recently “discovered” what women have known for centuries: if women get sufficient sleep, they’re more likely to have sex. Say it with me, Ladies: “Well, duh!”

For every one hour of extra sleep the women in the study got, their likelihood of having sex the next day increased by 14%. That might not sound like a lot, but I think my husband would take those odds with a smile.

The more sleep you get, the more sex you might want. The more sex you have, the better you’ll sleep. The better you sleep, the more sex you might want. The more sex you have, the better you’ll sleep. It’s a Sex-Sleep whirlpool and it’s a healthy one to get sucked in to.

whirlpoolGetting enough sleep is a constant struggle for mothers, so how do you get sucked into the whirlpool? Where do you begin: with sex or with sleep?

With either one. It’s a whirlpool: you can step in gingerly, jump in with both feet, or trip and fall in and you’ll start swirling.

If you have trouble getting yourself to bed on time, ask your husband to seduce you an hour before you want to be asleep. (More on that here.) If you have no interest in sex, take a nap (20 minutes on the floor surrounded by Cheerios and Hot Wheels is fine; it doesn’t have to be glamorous) or make the effort to go to bed early for a night or two. Women are more like electric stoves than gas stoves; we need time to heat up. Pampering yourself with sleep and a day or two to mentally warm up can yield wonderful results.

Let’s say sex leaves you wide awake and not sleepy; then sex before bed might not be your best option. Instead, use sex to wake up early. Set an alarm, seduce your husband, re-set the alarm for him because you know he’ll be falling asleep, and get up. Get some exercise, get some breakfast, get a few minutes of quiet sanity, whatever you want. That night you’ll be tired earlier which, if you go to bed earlier, will start your whirlpool of early to bed, early to rise, makes a woman sexy, healthy, and wise.


“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.” Psalm 127:2

The Journal of Sexual Medicine


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