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Your Sexual Health – Why Men Fall Asleep After Sex

A woman often wants to snuggle after orgasm while a man often drifts into deep sleep. No need to take it personally, when you discover how his brain chemistry promotes post-coital sleep and how you can change this by doing a simple exercise during lovemaking. Get the story in a guest post by Louann Brizendine, MD, a neuro-psychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, courtesy of Bottom Line Newsletter–Hadley Finch

Dr. Brizendine, author of The Male Brain, explains to Bottom Line what really goes on inside a man’s head after lovemaking:

Dr. B After orgasm, both the female and the male brain are flooded with oxytocin and dopamine, hormones that promote pleasurable, safe, warm feelings. In a woman’s brain, the hormonal blast sparks an urge to cuddle and talk so she can continue to feel a connection. The theory is that this hormonal cocktail is the same one a woman gets when breast-feeding and snuggling with her baby. But for reasons we don’t yet understand, in men this hormonal flood acts like a natural sleeping pill.

Want to keep your partner awake for a while longer? Consider this. Both men and women tend to unconsciously hold their breath when they are in the throes of sex to heighten the erotic tension. The lack of oxygen, especially during such exertion, can be exhausting. So ask your partner to start taking deep breaths when he gets close to climax and to consciously breathe all the way through his orgasm. Doing so may provide the energy boost he needs to stay awake for some afterglow. This breathing technique won’t make the man’s orgasm less intense. It won’t interfere with his pleasure. And if per chance it does, believe me, he will tell you!

Louann Brizendine, MD, is a neuropsychiatrist and author of The Male Brain (Three Rivers) and The Female Brain (Broadway). She also is a professor of clinical psychiatry and founder and director of The Female Brain Clinic, both at the University of California, San Francisco. www.DrLouann.ning.com

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