9 Everyday Habits Preventing You from Having Great Sex

Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 0 Comments

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By Amy Roberts | Woman’sHealthMag.com

It’s a common situation: What once was hot and heavy has gone, well, rather tepid. Most couples chalk this up to the natural progression of a long-term relationship. But it could be that your health habits outside the bedroom are to blame for your struggles inside it.

“People think sexual health is all about sexually transmitted infections and birth control,” says Eric Garrison, a clinical sexologist and author of Mastering Multiple-Position Sex. “But our sex lives are linked intrinsically to our general health.”

Here, the unhealthy behaviors that might be keeping you and your partner from the best sex of your lives.

You’re Not Sleeping Enough

Up to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the National Institutes of Health. The CDC has even gone so far as to declare insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. Not only does a lack of Z’s leave you fatigued and prone to illness, but it has also been shown to have sexual repercussions—for both men and women, according to a study in Brain Research. How much shuteye do you need? The sweet spot is five to seven complete REM cycles, or seven to nine hours per night, says Garrison. He suggests using the website sleepyti.me to easily calculate when you need to fall asleep in order to wake up feeling refreshed. (Find out which beverage can help you sleep 90 more minutes a night.)

You’re Neglecting Your Physical Fitness

Aerobic capacity and stamina, as well as strength and flexibility, are just as valuable between the sheets as they are on the streets in your day-to-day life. Research also points to the benefits of exercise right before you plan to get busy. Getting your heart rate up improves blood flow, which stimulates your sex organs, says Nicole Prause, Ph.D., founder of UCLA’s Liberos Center, which uses brain stimulation to treat problems related to sexual desire. Any increase in exercise is worthwhile. “If you add just a 30-minute walk a day or begin a yoga practice, you’ll have better sex than before you started,” says Garrison. (Prevention‘s Fit in 10 DVD will get your heart rate up and transform your body in just 10 minutes a day—check it out!)

You Have Bad Bedroom Juju

You’ve probably heard you should make your bedroom a haven for sleep. The same goes for sex. If the room isn’t conducive to intimate relations, you’re fighting an uphill battle, says Garrison. You should avoid doing work or using your laptop in bed, clear the kids’ toys off the floor, and remove anything that keeps you from focusing on the task at hand, he suggests. “One client of mine has a photo of his in-laws on the dresser next to his bed,” says Garrison. “You want your sexual environment to be stimulating, not distracting!” Consider these 10 tricks for a sexier bedroom.

You’re Missing Out on Essential Nutrients

Eating a balanced diet ensures you get all the vitamins and minerals that have been linked to proper sexual functioning. “Zinc is vital for male sexual health,” says Garrison. “We talk of oysters being aphrodisiacs, and they’re an excellent source of zinc.” He also points to the importance of B vitamins like niacin—found in salmon, chicken, and tuna—when it comes to energy production and blood flow, which are both important for sexually active men and women. (Here are 13 more sex tips to help improve your life between the sheets.)

You’re Eating Foods That Fuel Flatulence

There’s no research-backed link between a fondness for beans and broccoli and decreased sexual enjoyment. “But the potential for embarrassment can make you feel anything but sexy,” says Prause. If you’re planning a romantic evening, best to steer clear of stuff you know will make you gassy.


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