Can Masturbation Help With Sleep?

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Sleep can sometimes be elusive, especially during stressful periods of our lives. Millions of men struggle falling asleep at night, and even more struggle staying asleep throughout the night. While sleep is as much an art as it is a science, there are a few things you can do in your daily life to make it easier to fall asleep, and stay asleep.

Sleeping is vital to your physical and mental health, and it can be incredibly difficult to get a good night's sleep when you're stressed or worried about something. Which is why it's unfortunate that sleep is often the first thing to go when life gets hard.

So can masturbation help with sleep?

Masturbation and Sleep

Masturbation is a normal and healthy part of life, and men of all ages partake. It's a great way to relieve stress, release pent-up tension, and if you're lucky, it can even be a powerful sleep aid.


How it works is simple: the body releases a hormone called oxytocin during orgasm. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that helps induce feelings of love, joy, and peace. Since oxytocin is released into the body during orgasm, it's common for people to feel more relaxed and at peace after having an orgasm.

The release of oxytocin is also known to help induce sleep, so after masturbating, it's common for people to feel tired and sleepy. This is because the body is releasing oxytocin, which in turn causes the body to release serotonin and melatonin, two hormones that are known to help people feel sleepy.

Masturbating also induces sleep by releasing a hormone called prolactin. Prolactin is released into the body after orgasm, and it's also a powerful sleep inducer. Prolactin helps induce sleep by helping the body produce serotonin, which in turn helps people fall asleep.

Now, while it's true that masturbation is a great way to help you fall asleep, for many men, it's not the best option. This is because masturbation is an activity that requires stimulation, which often causes us to wake up and be more alert than we were before.

If you're someone who has a difficult time falling asleep at night, and you're looking for a solution that allows you to fall asleep without being stimulated, then listening to soft music, reading a book, or having a nice, relaxing bath may be better options for you.


In addition to the release of oxytocin, the body also releases endorphins during orgasm. Endorphins are natural hormones that are responsible for the feeling of euphoria and pleasure that most people associate with orgasm.

The endorphins that are released during orgasm are similar to the endorphins that are released when you engage in strenuous exercise. This is why so many people get a nice boost of energy after having sex. These endorphins include beta-endorphins, which are known for their pain-relieving properties, and enkephalins, which are known for their pleasure-inducing properties.

When you orgasm, your brain also releases hormones and neurotransmitters that enhance your mood and make you feel more relaxed. These include serotonin and dopamine, which are responsible for making you feel happy and relaxed. Serotonin is known for its ability to moderate your mood, while dopamine is known for its ability to regulate your body's reward and pleasure centers.

Endorphins are natural hormones that are responsible for the feeling of euphoria and pleasure that most people associate with orgasm.

Parasympathetic Nervous System

In addition to the release of oxytocin and endorphins, an orgasm can also help put you to sleep by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for calming the body down, and promoting feelings of rest and relaxation. It does this by slowing the heart rate down, relaxing the muscles, and reducing overall stress levels.

When you have an orgasm, the parasympathetic nervous system will activate and help calm you down, allowing you to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer.

In fact, the benefits of orgasm can last up to 2-3 hours after you ejaculate. So if you're having trouble falling asleep, try masturbating before bed. You might just fall asleep easier!

Masturbation Without Orgasm For Sleep

While it's true that the body releases pleasure hormones and relaxants after orgasm, other things happen in your body that do the opposite.

When masturbating, we often raise our heart rates and blood pressures, which can make it more difficult to fall asleep later on. When you masturbate with the intent to orgasm, you're at least ending the session with an orgasm, which is likely to make it easier to fall asleep.

This means you'll likely have an easier time falling asleep if you're masturbating to orgasm, rather than masturbating without reaching your climax.

Can Masturbation Prevent Sleeping?

Closely correlated to the above question is whether or not masturbation can be used to help you fall asleep. Some people claim that masturbation can help you to get to sleep because it releases sexual tension, while others claim it can make it more difficult to fall asleep, or keep you awake because you're overstimulated.

It often depends on the individual. Many men find orgasm a great way to calm the mind and body, which can make it easier to fall asleep, while others find the act of masturbation itself stimulating, which can make it more difficult to fall asleep.

Masturbation: Good or Bad?

Finally, we'll look at the question of whether or not masturbation is good or bad for falling asleep? In other words, can masturbating before bed make it easier or harder to fall asleep?

While masturbation is a natural way for many men to fall asleep, it's not for everyone. Some men find that masturbating before bed is actually a great way to help them fall asleep, while others find that masturbating before bed can be detrimental to their sleep. And there are a few reasons why this is the case.

First, the act of masturbating can release the stress hormone, adrenaline. And the problem with adrenaline is that it can make it more difficult to fall asleep.

On the other hand, if you're stressed or have had a long day, masturbating can be a great way to release that extra tension and calm yourself down. So, in this case, it can help you fall asleep.

The same goes for guys who just can't seem to get in the right mind frame to fall asleep. If you're thinking about work or today's chores, masturbating can help you clear your mind.

And if you're thinking about work or chores, it can help you fall asleep.

But this is a fine line. Just remember that masturbating can release a lot of dopamine, and that's the hormone that makes you feel good. And if you're feeling too good, it might be hard to fall asleep.

So, in terms of whether masturbating can help you fall asleep or not, it really depends on you, your situation, and why you're masturbating.

This blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. Your specific circumstances should be discussed with a healthcare provider. All statements of opinion represent the writers' judgement at the time of publication and are subject to change. Phoenix and its affiliates provide no express or implied endorsements of third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products, or services.

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