Just when you thought sex couldn’t get any more awesome, along comes another great reason to get it on: curing hangovers!
Having sex releases oxytocin, a hormone that is thought to help control pain. According to a 2013 survey, 60 percent of people with migraine headaches reported pain relief if they got busy during an episode. It’s really a no-lose situation: even if your hangover-induced headache doesn’t disappear, at least your baloney pony is getting a workout. Three cheers for multitasking!
The health benefits of sex for men
Sex is the gift that keeps on giving in these healthy ways:
Sex as a mood booster
The image of a guy smiling and whistling after getting laid is universal for a REASON. For one thing, the oxytocin hormone promotes feelings of happiness and wellbeing and fights depression. Indeed, a 23-year study of 30,000 men and women found that having sex at least once a week was enough to make people happy.
Sex as exercise
Exercise has the same positive effect as sex. Even better, the wild thing IS exercise. Research reveals that guys burn an average of around 100 calories during 25-minute sack sessions. The longer and more vigorous the sesh, the more calories you’ll burn. Studies have also shown that being on top is a better workout than being on the bottom. (If you’re more of a sideways man, you’ll have to do your own research.)
The wango tango’s repetitive thrusting motions are also great for strengthening the muscles in your buttocks, back and legs, which just happen to be the muscles that may have lured your mate into bed in the first place. Coincidence? We think not! Keep reading to see more awesome health benefits of sex for men.
Sex fights prostate cancer
Not that guys need any encouragement to show themselves some love—if you catch our drift—but researchers are looking into the link between ejaculation and reducing guys’ chances of contracting prostate cancer. Whether it’s through masturbation or sex, some research indicates that it may help flush out your system, clearing away harmful chemicals that might build up in semen. That being said, to see any difference, you’ll be looking at boppin’ the baloney around 21 times a month. Good times!
Sex keeps you sharp
British researchers have found that sexually active guys aged 50 to 89 had increased cognitive function or brainpower than men who rarely bisected the triangle.
Sex as a heart helper
After tracking the sexual activity of middle-aged men over a 16-year period, a Massachusetts study found that guys who dipped their wicks twice a week or more had a much lower risk of a heart attack than those who fed the kitty once a month or less. Science for the win!
Sex as a sleep aid
Along with oxytocin, the relaxing prolactin hormone is also released during pelvic pinochle. That’s why many guys sleep better after sex. At the same time, getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night—the ideal “sleep window” established by the National Sleep Foundation—is an awesome way to boost your sex drive. You know what else helps you sleep better? Cutting down on your booze intake!
How to reduce your chance of a hangover
While sex may help cure a hangover, there are plenty of easy things you can do while drinking to reduce the chances of feeling like a bag of hammers the next morning.
Pour like a pro
Using a shot glass to mix cocktails ensures that you don’t overpour. This will help you consume less alcohol and save money by reducing the need to restock the liquor cabinet.
Glass half full
Filling glasses only halfway up has been shown to significantly reduce booze intake.
Use different glasses
Studies have shown that narrow wine glasses and straight-sided beer glasses with measurement markings slow down consumption. That’s why bars and pubs give you a curved glass—to sell more booze!
Roll with rocks
Adding ice to drinks dilutes them, cutting the alcohol content (by volume) and reducing the frequency of refills as the ice melts.
Count your drinks
If you don’t count, you won’t know how you’re doing compared to Canada’s Drinking Guidelines, which recommend that guys should keep it to 15 drinks a week, with no more than 3 drinks a day and 2 booze-free days a week.
Chase booze with water
Chasing every alcoholic drink with a glass of water does double duty: it slows down your booze intake, and it helps your body process and eliminate alcohol. One bottle of beer, one glass of water. One scotch on the rocks, one glass of water. Repeat. Easy!
Have fun without booze
Make a list of fun activities that don’t have to involve a trip to the liquor store—playing with your kids or your dog at the park, board games, video games, the list goes on—and slot them in at those times when you’re tempted to drink.
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Have you found something that eases hangovers? Help your buddies out in the comments below!