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Older Women Can Have Better Sex Life If They Have Enough Sleep

Update Date: Feb 08, 2017 09:00 AM EST

Women aging 50 years old can have better sex life if they have enough sleep according to a new study. Women who has less than seven to eight hours of sleep reported to have unsatisfactory sex life.

The study titled "Women's Health Initiative Observational Study" looked into 93,668 women between ages 50 to 79 years old. Result of the study conducted by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), showed that 56 percent of the women claimed they were very satisfied with their current sexual activity, while 52 percent also reported a sexual activity within the last year.

Among the women who participated in the study, 31 percent said they had insomnia. Researchers found out that women who sleep less than eight hours each night are not satisfied with their sex life.

JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of NAMS, said that women and even the healthcare providers need to know the link between menopause symptoms, inadequate sleep and the effects on sexual satisfaction. Pinkerton added that there are effective treatment options to help women who are sleep deprived like hormone therapy. The study confirmed that the therapy is effective at menopause especially for the symptomatic women.

Psych Central reported that sleep disturbance is common among older women. Aside from unsatisfactory sex life, it is also associated with heart disease, hypertension and depression. Researchers also discovered that the link between length of sleep and satisfaction in sex life remains the same even when other possible causes of sleep deprivation were eliminated like depression and chronic diseases.

The result varies across age groups. Younger women who sleeps less than seven to eight hours a night are more sexually active compared to the older women. Women aging 70 years old who sleep five hours or less each night are less likely to have a satisfactory sex life than women sleeping for seven to eight hours.

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