New research is seeking to confirm what many of us have always assumed, that sex has a great impact on someone’s mood even after they’ve entered the office. In this instance, the study claims that maintaining a healthy sex life at home can boost an employees engagement and satisfaction at work
A group of researchers from the Oregon State University in the US followed 159 married employees for a period of two weeks and on each day, the individuals were asked to complete a brief survey.
After studying the results of the survey, the researchers found that employees that had set aside time for sex with their partners at home went on to report a more positive mood the following day at work. The effect, according to the study, is said to last 24-hours and was equal for both women and men.
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“We make jokes about people having a ‘spring in their step,’ but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it. Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organisations they work for,” Keith Leavitt, a co-author of the study said in a statement.
The study also went on to suggest that when an employee carries home work-related stress, his/her sex life will become negatively impacted.
“This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority. Just make time for it,” Leavitt went on to say.
We spoke to sexologist Dr Elna McIntosh who agrees with the study saying that it’s important for married couples to make time for sex not only for the reason introduced by the study – but for the many other benefits.
“I always say stress in the boardroom means no sex in the bedroom. Sex is actually an excellent stress reliever,” Dr McIntosh says.
“Because we are so stressed out by the many pressures we face at work as people, it’s important to sometimes just take a break and enjoy good sex with our partners.”
Dr McIntosh goes on to say that in 2017, many couples are not having sex because they are working too hard, working in different time zones, they are never without their laptops, smartphones and find it difficult to find time for sex in-between everything else they have going on in their lives.
“Couples need to deliberately make time for this, even if it means that they have to book appointments with each other,” Dr McIntosh says.
“Couples also need to prioritise communication with each other and live according to what I call the 4 “T”s which include: Time, Trust, Talk and Touch – these are the things that couples need to bring back into their relationships.”
Dr McIntosh concludes with a simple but apt statement: “If couples have good sex, they will cope better with stress.”