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10 Ways to Spice up Your Sex Life After Baby

        Health | Sexuality

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Sleep
Sleep benefits sex and, as it turns out, sex benefits sleep.
Sleep benefits sex and, as it turns out, sex benefits sleep.
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According to a 2007 study by the National Sleep Foundation, about 84 percent of postpartum women experience a sleep problem at least a few nights a week and about 72 percent wake up feeling unrefreshed. While this isn't going to be a surprise to any mom, what may be surprising is that this sleep deprivation can hurt your sexual relationship with your partner.

A 2002 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that while there isn't a direct relationship between sweet dreams and sex, mood is affected by the amount of sleep we get. People who feel tired, stressed, sad or angry -- all common when we don't get about seven to eight hours of sleep a night -- are unlikely to be in the mood for sex.

"Your kids really deserve the happiest, most fulfilled mom they can have. And moms all want to do the best for their children," says Kristen Chase, who is also known as the Mominatrix, publisher and COO of Cool Mom Picks. "Taking care of ourselves and our relationships are the best things we can do. You're modeling a positive relationship and what a happy mom looks like."

Sleep benefits sex and, as it turns out, sex benefits sleep. When you orgasm, your body releases oxytocin, also known as the love hormone, and oxytocin promotes sleep -- which you'll need for having more sex.

Did You Know?

More than 51 percent of people polled in a 2009 survey sponsored by Westin Hotels & Resorts and conducted by the National Sleep Foundation preferred a perfect night of sleep to great sex.


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