Sex is a physical act that takes a lot of energy to do. It also releases a variety of chemicals that can make you feel tired.
INSIDER spoke with sex therapist Laurie Mintz, clinical sexologist and certified sexuality educator Lawrence Siegel, and sex researcher and psychologist Debra Laino to find out the answers to the question: Does sex make you weak?
1. It’s a form of exercise
It might sound like locker room banter, but sex does make you tired and it can be considered a form of exercise. This is because sex can have a variety of physical benefits including boosting your immune system, enhancing sleep quality, improving bladder control for women, and lowering blood pressure. In addition, sex can also release feel-good chemicals such as endorphins and oxytocin that improve mood and alleviate pain.
During sex, your body uses several muscles to perform sexual activity. This includes your abdominal, back, and leg muscles, to name a few. In addition, sex can raise your heart rate and can cause you to sweat. It can even help you burn calories and reduce body fat. However, it’s important to note that sex should not be used as an alternative for regular exercise because it can cause a number of side effects including dehydration, lower back pain, and fatigue.
In a recent study, researchers at the University of Montreal recruited twenty-one healthy young heterosexual couples and measured their energy expenditure during sex. They found that men burned an average of four calories per minute and women burned an average of three calories. This is a similar amount to the calories burned during a 30-minute walk. Moreover, the researchers noted that sexual activity can be an excellent source of moderate exercise for adults.
2. It’s a form of fun
Sex can be a lot of fun, and it’s definitely something that should be enjoyed by everyone. But if you’re not having sex enough, it can take a toll on your energy level and make you feel tired post-sex. So it’s important to have sex as often as possible, and to enjoy it as much as you can.
Aside from being a great form of entertainment, sex is also good for your health. It can help you sleep better, boost your libido, and reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you deal with stress and depression, and it can even help you lose weight. It’s also a great way to bond with your partner, and it can improve your mental health.
There are many reasons why sex can make you tired, but the most obvious reason is that it’s a physical activity that requires a lot of energy. In addition to being physically tiring, it can also be emotionally exhausting.
During sex, the body releases a number of hormones and chemicals that can cause fatigue. These include oxytocin, vasopressin, prolactin, nitric oxide, and endorphins. These hormones can make you tired after sex, especially if they’re not released until you orgasm. It’s similar to how you might feel after a hard workout, and it can cause your muscles to ache the day after.
3. It’s a form of intimacy
Often, when you feel weak in the knees sexually it means that you’re experiencing some level of intimacy. This is because the feeling usually comes from an emotional connection that you have with your partner. It’s often accompanied by hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin that make you feel good, both physically and emotionally.
Intimacy is important for your physical and mental health. It helps to reduce stress, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, increase libido, and boost the immune system. Intimate sex also encourages communication and can help you understand your partner better. It can even increase feelings of trust in the relationship.
For many people, sex is the only way that they can experience intimacy with their partner. This is because they may have learned, growing up, that the only thing men need from a woman is sex. As a result, they end up using sex as a way to avoid emotional vulnerability.
This is why it’s so important to talk openly and respectfully with your partner about their sexual preferences, needs, and boundaries. You should never feel pressured to engage in sex that you’re not comfortable with, as this can lead to serious complications down the road. Moreover, you should always practice safe sex to prevent fatigue from occurring post-sex. This will not only ensure that your sex sessions are pleasurable but also safe for both of you.
4. It’s a form of communication
The body uses sexual communication to convey feelings of attraction and intimacy. It also carries information about sexual histories and preferences. Sexual communication can be a powerful tool in building trust and resolving conflict. It’s also an important part of intimate relationships and a vital element of healthy living.
However, many people don’t know how to communicate about sex in the most effective way. The lack of verbal communication about sex can lead to miscommunication, confusion, and frustration. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to improve your sexual communication.
You can start by learning to understand your partner’s non-verbal communication during sex. This includes facial expressions, posture, and gestures. In addition, you can work on your own non-verbal communication skills by practicing open, welcoming body language. You can also try to understand the emotional context of your conversations with your partner.
Finally, you can learn to talk about sex in an open and honest manner. It’s not always easy to discuss such a sensitive topic, but it’s necessary for healthy and fulfilling relationships. Becoming comfortable with talking about sex can also make it easier to talk about other difficult topics in your relationship, including finances, children, and aging. It can even make it easier to deal with issues such as infidelity. Just remember to take your time when discussing these topics, and don’t rush into anything too quickly.