Have you ever noticed that some of your best #sleep comes on the heels of an amazing #orgasm? The cliché of men who pass out after the act is a common stereotype for a reason. Orgasm really works to spur the body into sleep mode.
According to Dr. Madeleine Castellanos, board certified psychiatrist and sex therapist, there are two powerful hormonal influences that can bring on deep relaxation after sex. First is #oxytocin, a calming “cuddle chemical” produced primarily in response to touch. The second is prolactin, released at the height of orgasm, which actually brings on that hazy, sleepy feeling that lasts for about twenty minutes after you climax. And it’s not just for men, either! Women can feel the effects just as strongly, if they’re having as much fun.
In fact, for those of you struggling to falling asleep, the orgasm chemicals may provide a new bedtime routine to ease your transition.
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