Older Women Who Get More of This Have Better Sex: Study

Older Women Who Get More of This Have Better Sex: Study

Exercise and sex? Yes. Healthy food and bangin’? Yes-but what about sleep?

I know- the younger set doesn’t want to think about it: mom, Granny or the older neighbors getting it on.

It’s a fact: menopausal and postmenopausal women are having sex. You bet. Statistics show that as many as 6 in 10 women over the age of 60 are sexually active. And somewhat surprisingly, 17 percent of women aged 75-85 are said to be having sex at least once a year.

So, if you haven’t made it to your golden years yet, be inspired: life in all its glory does go on. Even in bed. The thing is, you just have to keep yourself in relatively good health and get a good night’s sleep the day beforehand to enjoy it all.

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More Sleep

A new study is showing that, apparently, the right amount of rest is a key component for sexual satisfaction among female seniors.

Research done by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) surveyed over 90,000 women aged 50 to 79 years. Those in this category who got fewer than 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night were associated with lower odds of sexual satisfaction.

It’s not uncommon for older people to experience trouble getting a solid and restful night’s sleep-this much isn’t news. And menopause is a time when it’s particularly difficult to sleep well.


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Women going through this time often have what’s labeled, ‘disturbed sleep’. Since not getting enough rest not only lowers the quality of sex for these women but it also contributes to heart disease, hypertension and depression, it’s serious business.

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What are the experts recommending? They’re hoping that by zeroing in on the sexy element of sleep deprivation, they can bring some attention to the issue.

Maybe they’re thinking that the older males involved in the scientific side of things will be more likely to perk up their ears and take note if researchers talk about their partner’s sexual satisfaction. Could be.


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Anyways, the researchers offer solutions to the problem that most already know about.

“Women and healthcare providers need to recognize the link between menopause symptoms and inadequate sleep and their effects on sexual satisfaction,” says Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director.

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“There are effective treatment options to help with sleep disruption and sexual satisfaction, including hormone therapy, which this study confirmed to be effective at menopause for symptomatic women.”


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Hormone therapy to help the symptoms of menopause is nothing new. Now it’s official, though, that getting women going through this change better sleep by giving them hormones, will improve their sexual satisfaction.

So, if grandpa rolls his eyes the next time grandma goes on about how she’s not getting enough sleep and that it’s affecting how well she can orgasm, give him a nudge.

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It’s true, she knows what she’s talking about. Tell her to talk to her doctor. There may be an option out there that would work best for her, which is good-because we all know that if (grand) mamma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

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