How a spot of morning passion can make you glow all day long.
Seeking a healthy boost to kick start your day? Look no further than the bedroom.
Adults who make love first thing in the morning apparently not only feel more upbeat for the rest of the day, but also benefit from a stronger immune system.
Research suggests that adults who begin their day this way are healthier and happier than those who simply opt for a cup of tea and some toast before heading out of the door.
- Feel-good hormones: The chemicals released during morning intercourse can improve your health and mood for the whole day
Not only does it make them less likely to catch a cold or flu, it can also improve the quality of their hair, skin, and nails.
Dr Debby Herbenick, an American research scientist and sex advice columnist, said: ‘Having sex in the morning releases the feel-good chemical oxytocin, which makes couples feel loving and bonded all day long.’
Dr Herbenick, author of the book Because It Feels Good, added: ‘It makes you stronger and more beautiful too: Morning sex can strengthen your immune system for the day by enhancing your levels of IgA, an antibody that protects against infection.
‘And it releases chemicals that boost levels of oestrogen, which improves the tone and texture of your skin and hair.’
Other research suggests that the benefits do not end there. A study at Queens University in Belfast found that having sex three times a week could halve the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Despite the demands of work and a family, adults should still try to find time for lovemaking as soon as they stir.
Jane Greer, an American marital therapist, said: ‘Mornings are the perfect time to indulge because you’ll probably be in a rush, and the heart-pounding adrenaline of spontaneous sex will intensify the entire experience.’
‘Mornings are the perfect time to indulge in a quickie, because you’ll probably be in a rush, and the heart-pounding adrenaline of spontaneous sex will intensify the entire experience,’ she says.
And women worried their partner will not be willing to participate in an early morning session, may find it surprisingly easy to coax their men into a bout of passion.
‘While he sleeps, the testosterone he’ll use for the upcoming day accumulates,’ says Gabrielle Lichterman, author of 28 Days. ‘From the time he wakes up, he has a three-hour window when he’s brimming with peak levels.’
The benefits do not end there for those who indulge in regular intercourse.
A study at Queens University in Belfast found that having sex three times a week could actually halve the risk of heart attack or stroke.
A 2009 study found that having sex every day improves sperm quality and could boost the chances of getting pregnant. In tests of men with fertility problems, daily ejaculation for a week cut the amount of DNA damage seen in sperm samples.
Research from Nottingham University also found that men who kept up a regular sex life in their 50s were also at lower risk of developing prostate cancer.