Bump and Sleep: How Sexual Intercouse Can Improve Sleep of Women with Insomnia

Title: Bump and Sleep: How Sexual Intercouse Can Improve Sleep of Women with Insomnia
Authors: Khodr, Amy
Awada, Caroline
Mohammed, Massoot
Najjar, Reabal
Date: 2016-11-26
Abstract: Background: Insomnia is characterized as trouble initiating or upholding sleep and can be categorized as a primary or secondary disorder. It affects up to one fifth of adults, mostly women, making it the most prevalent sleeping disorder in society. In the health landscape, this disorder can be an underlying cause for many other severe health issues. Currently, the medical community suggest changes in lifestyle, cognitive-behavioral treatments and pharmaceutical therapies. However, many of these interventions are proven to be insufficient. Our aim is to propose a lifestyle change that may give more significant results: by engaging in coitus before bedtime, there can be an improvement in the quality of sleep of insomniacs. Research Question: How can the effects of engaging in sexual intercourse prior to sleep be compared to leading therapies for treating women with stress-induced insomnia? Methodology: A structured literature review was conducted. The scientific articles were targeting by using pre-determined keywords in the following databases: PubMed and MEDLINE. Keywords include: sleep, insomnia, orgasm, oxytocin, cortisol, thyroid stimulating hormone, prolactin, sexual activity, blood pressure, stress. Articles were excluded if they were not published within the last 20 years and if they were not published in English. Results: A total of 12 articles were analyzed pertaining to the release of hormones associated with sexual intercourse, as well as blood pressure, and their role as precursors of sleep. The effects oxytocin, Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH), prolactin, the inhibition of cortisol, and the effects of dopamine were reviewed. These studies were tested on both rodents and humans. Conclusion: Engaging in sexual intercourse prior to sleep can decrease stress, and can assist female insomniacs by helping to initiate and maintain sleep. These secondary factors make sexual intercourse a possible alternative or addition to other intervention strategies for insomnia. There is an urgent need to address this health disorder due to its widespread prevalence in society.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/35554
CollectionSciences de la santé - Affiches // Health Sciences - Research Posters
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