Habits that could be sabotaging your sex life
Lost Your Lust?1 of 7
By Natasha Burton
If you're rarely feeling in the mood these days, don't blame yourself—or your relationship. Seemingly harmless everyday habits like watching TV or checking Facebook may be to blame. Read on to find out how changing up your behavior in small ways can pay off big in the bedroom.
You Snooze, You Lose2 of 7
Sure, getting enough shuteye is essential, but hitting the hay too early could undermine your mojo. According to a May 2012 study by Women's Health magazine in the UK, a woman's sexual desire peaks around 11 p.m. on a Saturday night—a good reason to stay up past your bedtime if we've ever heard one.
Fantasy TV3 of 7
It turns out that watching shows like Downton Abbey and True Blood can leave you feeling unsatisfied with your partner. "People who believe the unrealistic portrayals on TV are less committed to their spouses and think their alternatives... are relatively attractive," says Jeremy Osborn, Ph.D., author of a 2012 study on how TV affects couples. Can't quit the tube? Try tuning in to something like American Horror Story instead.
Hold the Phone4 of 7
TV isn't the only technology getting in the way of romance. In 2011, Mashable reported that one-third of people would rather give up sex for a week than their cell phones. While most people still prefer human connection to the digital variety (for now…), forming a too-close attachment to your device certainly doesn't bode well for your love life.
Let's Get Physical5 of 7
Skipping the gym probably doesn't seem so bad in the moment, but do it too often and you could be missing out on libido-boosting benefits. Women who worked out for just 20 minutes before they were shown an erotic film were more aroused than those who'd remained sedentary, say researchers from the University of Texas. Exercise can also stave off mood-killing emotional stress—just the added incentive you need to make it to that kickboxing class.
Facing Off6 of 7
Oh, Facebook…how did we know how our lives stacked in comparison to our far-flung acquaintances’ before you? Short answer: We didn't and we were likely better off for it. In April, Swedish researchers found that avid female Facebook users were more likely to be unhappy and felt less satisfied with their lives.
Yes, Please7 of 7
A key ingredient in happy relationships? Minding your manners. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that saying thank you can make your partner feel appreciated and strengthen your commitment. What's more, another study reported in Psychological Science found that saying those two little words makes the person doing the thanking feel better about the relationship as well.
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