Why a Great Sex Life is Good for Your Work Life
Sex can be a great stress reliever, but according to one recent study the benefits of a good sex life may transfer over to your work life, too.
In the study, aptly titled “From the Bedroom to the Office,” Oregon State University, University of Washington and University of Oregon researchers asked 159 married employees to complete two brief surveys each day for two weeks.
Employees who had sex during the two-week period had a more positive attitude the next day, and if they were in a good mood in the morning it sustained them throughout the work day and helped them be more engaged. Taking into account sleep quality and marital satisfaction, researchers still found that this effect lasted 24 hours.
“This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority,” said Keith Leavitt, the study’s lead author. “Just make time for it.”
While sex can lead to a positive boost at work, the study also indicates that work may have a negative effect on employees’ sex lives. When work-related stress becomes a bigger part of an employee’s home life, it can affect that person’s sex life and thus how engaged or productive they are at work.
Why is sex so important?
It not only affects your work, it also can have an effect on your overall emotional, social and psychological well-being. Sex sparks the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls feelings of reward and pleasure in the brain. Basically, this physical act is a natural mood booster scientifically.
What this study suggests is that the mind-body connection is important at work and at home and that people need to pay closer attention to work-life balance. You don’t need to go as far as a Swedish councilman recently did when he advocated that employees take a paid one-hour break every week to have sex, but you can make more of an effort to make your home life as happy as possible. This may include developing a deeper sense of intimacy with your partner, spending quality time with him or her and not letting work stress seep into your home (which is difficult for most of us).
As Leavitt says: “Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy sex life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage.”
As a guy you may be thinking, “I want to have sex, but I have difficulty getting an erection” or “she doesn’t want to because it hurts”. Both are realities we see every day in the office. Fortunately, there are medical and surgical solutions for some of the roadblocks you may be facing as a couple. So you if you want to go from the “bedroom to the office”, make a quick visit to your doctor’s office and let’s get on your way to a great sex and office life!