Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. You get a health boost in all sorts of ways from fooling around, from lowering blood pressure to stress reduction. Read on for all the excuses you need to schedule sex tonight. Hide Caption 1 of 10 Photos: And you don't have to act like bunnies to get the benefit; a study of 30, Americans over four decades found that sex at least once a week was enough to make people happy.
Hide Caption 2 of 10 Photos: A recent study found that women who said they had frequent, extremely satisfying sex had a lower risk of hypertension, a common precursor to heart disease.
Hide Caption 3 of 10 Photos: A study of 32, men over 18 years found that men who ejaculate at least monthly may be less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer later in life. Hide Caption 4 of 10 Photos: Add it to the end of your workout as a reward with benefits. Hide Caption 5 of 10 Photos: Studies have found that even stimulation without orgasm can reduce menstrual cramps, chronic back and leg pain, even migraines. Something to think about the next time you consider saying "Not now, honey, I have a headache!
Men over 50 who had more sex were better at word recall and number sequencing, while older women improved only in word recall, according to a study published by Oxford University. Both did better than those who had less sex. Hide Caption 7 of 10 Photos: Studies show that men and women who have intercourse with their partners have greater satisfaction with their mental health.
Unfortunately, the benefits didn't extend to masturbation. Hide Caption 8 of 10 Photos: After orgasm, the hormones prolactin and serotonin are released, helping you feel relaxed and sleepy. Women and some studies argue that men receive the greater benefit. Hide Caption 9 of 10 Photos: And that can be good for you. Studies show that people with kids living at home tend to have more money and are more highly educated and in better health.
Hide Caption Story highlights In Japan, couples have long used "love hotels" to privately indulge in sexual fantasies Hotels can contribute to a sense of relaxation that most of us just can't get at home CNN Whether you and your significant other are in a room specifically catering to your libido or in a cheap roadside inn, just one night away from home can give your sex life a boost.
Imagine an adult playground where you and your partner could live out your wildest sexual fantasies, whether that's a tryst at the doctor's office, a rendezvous in an underwater cave or an encounter in a fantastic cartoon anime world. In Japan, couples can indulge in these and other desires at "love hotels.
Not all love hotels are fanciful, however. Many resemble typical hotel rooms and simply provide couples with much-needed privacy, explained Misty Keasler, who photographed scores of these hotels for her book "Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan. It is still very unusual for anyone to live out of their parents' house until they get married," she explained. But whether you and your significant other are visiting a cheap roadside inn, a five-star luxury hotel or something in between, there's no doubt that even one night away from home can give your sex life a boost.
So what is it about hotel sex that makes it so hot? One factor at play is the novelty aspect. Hotels can also contribute to a sense of relaxation that most of us just can't get at home, putting us in "vacation mode" even if we're just spending one night at a hotel down the street. And as more types of sexual expression is accepted, many sexual and erotic practices are not as stigmatized as they once were.
Many of these love hotels are now repurposing themselves into boutique hotels or becoming part of mainstream networks such as Airbnb. Others are attempting to cater to the sexual tastes of tourists, who seek out love hotels for their novelty factor, rather than for privacy. But love hotels have had a lasting impact even in the West. Next time you visit a hotel in the US, take a look around. You may notice some sexy new nods to your love life. From saucy "Do Not Disturb" signs to copies of the Kama Sutra to "sex kits" complete with condoms, lube and even vibrators, American hotels are finally recognizing their role in good sex, too.