“Sex? Yes, but let it rest: good sleep is friend also in menopause

Published on Feb 09, 2017

Sleep disorders may be common in menopause, but a good night's sleep and a satisfactory sexual activity go hand in hand. Women who sleep less than 7-8 hours per night are in fact less satisfied from a sexual point of view. “Sex? Yes, but let it rest: good sleep is friend also in menopause. This is what emerges from a research led by the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, published in the journal Menopause. For the study were taken into consideration the data related to 93.668 women, between the ages of 50 and 79 years and who were enrolled in a study of a wider spectrum, the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. By analyzing the sleep habits, found that less than 7-8 hours of night sleep were associated with less satisfaction from the sexual point of view. Sexual satisfaction also depends on other factors in addition to the sleep. The prevalence of insomnia in the sample of women examined was 31%, a total of 56% of the participants said they were very or quite satisfied with their sexual activity and 52% reported to have had relations with the partners in the course of the last year, and the link between sleep and sexual satisfaction remained valid even after taking into account other factors that could potentially disturb the rest, such as depression or certain chronic diseases. Age also appeared to be an important factor: the more mature women among those taken in the examination , for example, were less likely to be sexually active if they slept less than 7 or 8 hours a night, compared to the younger ones. For example, those 70 years of age who slept less than five hours per night had 30% less chance to be sexually active. (ANSA)

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