Just what the doctor ordered: Why a healthy sex life could be the antidote for work stress

Just what the doctor ordered: Why a healthy sex life could be the antidote for work stress

  • One in five UK adults confess to feeling regularly stressed about work
  • But research shows sex is one of the best ways to recover from office pressures
  • And women benefit from it even more than men, according to the new findings

It can be a struggle to rouse your libido after a stressful day at work.

But having sex is one of the best ways to recover from the pressures of the office, researchers have found. It also helps improve levels of job satisfaction.

And women benefit from it even more than men, according to findings published in the Journal of Sex Research.

One adult in five in the UK confesses to regularly feeling stressed about work and numerous studies have found the pressure can crush a healthy sex drive.

Sex is one of the best ways to recover from the pressures of work, findings show (stock image)

Sex is one of the best ways to recover from the pressures of work, findings show (stock image)

Psychologists at Portland State University in the US quizzed 1,100 men and women in full-time employment on how often they had had sex with their partner in the previous month. They were also asked to rate their levels of work-related stress, job satisfaction and general happiness.

The findings revealed that, among those reporting high levels of work-related worry, more frequent sex led to better scores for both job and life satisfaction, with women benefiting from the effect more.

The researchers said: ‘We would encourage employees to dedicate uninterrupted leisure time to sexual activity to promote stress reduction, wellbeing and positive work outcomes.’

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