Sex with your partner brings a 48 hour ‘afterglow’, say scientists

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Sex with your partner brings a 48 hour ‘afterglow’, say scientists

We all know that sex is good for you and has many benefits. It relieves stress, it can also help you sleep better and might even make you better at your job.

As it turns out, sex with your partner brings a 48 hour ‘afterglow’, say scientists.  Sex gives you an afterglow, or a sense of satisfaction and happiness that can last for two days, a new study says.

Researchers looked at two different sets of data from two groups of newlyweds  who were asked to have sex over a two week period and then asked again six months later. These couples were asked to keep a diary of their sexual activity.  In it, they wrote how satisfied they felt with their sex life and relationship as a whole, regardless of whether they had  intercourse or not.

Results  showed that the couples had sex an average of 4 out of the 14 days, and on the days they reported sex they rated their satisfaction higher. But couples also reported feeling satisfied two days later. Showing that the afterglow lasted for 48 hours after that one instance of sex.

“Our research shows that sexual satisfaction remains elevated 48 hours after sex,” lead author Andrea Meltzer of Florida State University said in a statement. “And people with a stronger sexual afterglow – that is, people who report a higher level of sexual satisfaction 48 hours after sex – report higher levels of relationship satisfaction several months later.”

‘This research is important because it supports other previous research suggesting that sex functions to keep couples pair bonded,” Meltzer concludes.

Of course, more research is needed but these findings are nonetheless important for confirming that a sexual afterglow does indeed exist and, that it tends to last for a couple of days.

Christina Miller

I love to write, to learn new things, read and travel. I like to write about anything that I’m passionate about and in the process learning a lot about myself. In my spare time, I love to watch a good movie, read a good book or go for a long walk.

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