The pillars of health are often said to be nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and sleep, however, there is a secret fifth pillar – sex. ”

A robust sex life can lead to health benefits like lower blood pressure, a better immune system, better heart health, lower risk for heart disease, improved self-esteem, decreased depression and anxiety, increased libido, increased intimacy with a sexual partner, and provides natural pain relief.

In return, high-quality sleep and more sleep overall can increase desire and genital arousal and increase the likelihood of you having sex.

Sex is as important to your health as nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and sleep. In fact, sex and sleep are deeply connected – learning how to increase the quality of your sleep and the quality/quantity of sex in your life contributes to an overall healthier body, mind, and spirit. 

Rythm wants your sex life to be pleasurable and rooted in deep connections with your body and partner. Since “evidence so far demonstrates that quality sleep can promote a better sex life, and a healthy sex life can facilitate improved sleep,” we are going to help you feed two birds with one scone.

4 Steps to Better Sleep & Better Sex

1. Set up a sleep schedule that allows you to sleep longer. 

Seven to eight (or more) hours of quality sleep per night is ideal for adults and adhering to a sleep schedule promotes regularity in your circadian rhythm, leading to better sleep and sex. 

In case you needed another reason to hit snooze, apparently, sleeping for just one more hour corresponded with a “14% increase in odds of engaging in partnered sexual activity” the following day.

2. Only use your bed for sleep and sex. 

While it’s tempting, watching tv, scrolling on your phone, and snacking are all discouraged. Plus, finding crumbs in your crevices after sexy time might feel a bit ick.

3. Avoid alcohol and tobacco. 

All of these substances negatively impact the quality of your sleep. Excessive alcohol use and smoking have been linked to erectile dysfunction, overall genital response, and orgasmic dysfunction. Drinking in excess temporarily inhibits vaginal lubrication, makes it more difficult to reach orgasm, delays ejaculation, and increases risk-taking. Alcohol and drugs also impact one’s ability to consent. 

While it prevents sleep and relaxation, there is limited data that suggests that caffeine can reduce the odds of erectile dysfunction, but this depends on many other factors.

4. For deeper O’s and Z’s, shop Rythm’s Drift Kit.

In the Rythm Drift Kit, you (or a special someone) will receive:

  • Sleep Gummies by House of Wise: These gummies combine melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles) and Full Spectrum CBD and are all-natural, organic, gluten-free, ethically sourced, and don’t have any additives or preservatives.
  • Awaken Arousal Oil with CBD by Foria: This topical and all-natural oil is applied to the vulva to intensify female arousal and pleasure. CBD naturally increases blood flow and relaxes muscles.
  • Massage Candle no. 3 by Maude: Set the tone with the scent of sandalwood… then after 10-15 minutes, blow out the candle, and use the candle’s oil for a sensual massage. This hand-poured candle is cruelty-free, glycerin-free, and paraben-free.
  • Doing It Better Socks by Rythm Wellness: Science has it that wearing socks during sex creates a sense of safety within the body and helps achieve deeper orgasms. 

Shop the Rythm Drift Kit here for better sex and sleep. 

Written by:

Gillian ‘Gigi’ Singer, MPH

American Board Certified Sexologist, Sexuality Educator, and Sex Ed Content Specialist