To anyone who has been in a physically active relationship, this latest news should come as no surprise. A new study authored by an Australian behavior scientist has found that sex and good sleep come hand in hand. Dr. Michele Lastella of Central Queensland University conducted a survey of almost 500 individuals between the ages of 18 and 70. Individuals were asked about their sex lives and their sleep habits, and the resulting data were used to see if there was a correlation between sex and sleep. Naturally, Lastella found that there indeed was enough data to argue that sex leads to better sleep. Who knew?

Although the dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins released during sex certainly help, Lastella says that it’s not just the sex that leads to a better night’s sleep. Speaking to Adelaide Now, Lastella says that time spent on sex before bed can keep individuals from mobile devices, watching television, or being preoccupied with their own miserable lives:

What we found was 64 percent of our respondents indicated they slept better when sex was with a partner and it involves an orgasm. There’s strong evidence to suggest substituting screen time for play time. When you’re engaging in sex, you’re not thinking about what to do the next day, you’re not going through your phones. It distracts you.

Want to sleep better? Turn off your phone and pay attention to the person next to you in bed. It just might save your life. If you’re alone, well, turn the phone on and install Tinder, find a willing partner, and go back to step one. As more and more of these studies are published, one thing is becoming clearer: you need to turn off your phone at night. Seriously, don’t even bring it into the bedroom if you can help it. Your sex life and sleep quality will thank you.

Brett Tingley

Brett Tingley is a writer and musician from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Contact him at [email protected]

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