5 Habits That Can Ruin Your Sex Life



Sex is a vital part of most human relationships – not just as reproductive tool but a health requirement. There are a number of physical factors that can easily dampen your sex drive.

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Some habits that can ruin your sex life include:

1. High intake of alcohol

Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is not an aphrodisiac and can actually inhibit your ability to attain an erection and orgasm, a study by Mayo Clinic reports. Alcohol increases sexual desire but inhibits sexual performance. According to Health Promotion at Brown University, alcohol is a depressant it directly affects the penis by interfering with parts of the nervous system that are essential for sexual arousal and orgasm, including respiration, circulation, and sensitivity of nerve endings.

2. Excessive Sugar Consumption

Consumption of too much sugar will increase your blood sugar, leading insulin to pull it back down. High insulin levels exacerbate chronically elevated levels of cortisol, your stress hormone. It also reduces your testosterone, the hormone responsible for numerous functions including sexual well-being. You may low testosterone only affects males but study has shown that extremely low testosterone levels in women can lead to reduced desire for sex.

3. Sleeplessness

Dr. Robert D. Oexman, Director of the Sleep to Live Institute in Joplin, MO, published a research which showed that chronic sleep deprivation, which can occur even if you get a solid six hours a night (the majority of adults need at least seven), can lower levels of testosterone—the sex drive hormone—in both men and women.

4. Always following the sex script

A lot of people have a routine for sex. Doing the same thing routinely makes it boring and can kill your sex drive. Sex therapist Matty Silver explains that when people get together there is a certain lust that makes it pleasurable but over time repeat performance tends to kill the libido.

5. Exercise

Too much or too little exercise is bad for your sex life. Excessive exercise according to The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy leads to conditions akin to eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder can have a negative impact on sex drive, putting your body into a negative, catabolic-like state.