Want to bring the spark back into your marriage or relationship by improving things in the bedroom? Experts suggest 6 ways through which you can do just that...
Have a positive body image: People who are happy and confident about their appearance are more satisfied with their sex lives, have better self-esteem and enjoy healthy relationships with their spouses, a study conducted by researchers from an American university has revealed. According to the researchers, body image is strongly linked to overall life satisfaction and feelings about romantic relationships.
The team analysed more than 12,000 participants between ages 18 and 65 years and asked questions focused on personality, beliefs about romantic relationships, self-esteem, television viewing and personal characteristics. The results showed that about 24 percent men and 20 percent women felt very or extremely satisfied with their weight and only half felt somewhat to extremely satisfied. People who were dissatisfied with their weight reported substantially less satisfaction with their sex lives and lower overall self-esteem.
Want to get naughty under the covers? Go on a trip: A survey conducted by an online travel brand found that more than one million respondents said that travelling increased their sex drive. This is likely due in part to an increase in body confidence and improved mood, which makes them more predisposed for closeness.
The study also revealed that for more than one million respondents, travelling helps to reduce weight. Travelling leads to a short burst of generally healthy behaviour and puts into a new routine which gives the chance to break unhealthy habits. So if you are feeling depressed, creatively stunted, or anxious, or if your pores are clogged, or you are overweight, or you are just not having enough sex, the best thing you can do is go off and see the world.
Share the housework: Researchers from a Canadian university have uncovered that men who offer fair contribution to household chores enjoy more frequent and better sex. In fact, according to the research, a man's helping hand in doing the daily household chores also improves the sex life of his female partner.
For the study, the team pored over data from a five-year study of 1,338 German couples to see if the amount of housework the male partner did was a predictor of a couple's sex life. They found that when men perceived their contributions to the division of labour as fair, the couple engaged in more frequent sex and both male and female partners were more satisfied with their sex life.
Splitting childcare can have better results in the bedroom: Couples who split childcare duties enjoy quality relationship and sex lives than those who do not, says a study conducted by an US university. The team used data from 487 heterosexual couples. They grouped the couples, all of whom had children, into three childcare categories.
These categories were: relationships in which women did most or all of the childcare, relationships in which men did most or all, and relationships in which men and women split the work. They also looked at each couple's relationship quality -- as indicated by relationship satisfaction and relationship conflict -- sexual frequency and quality of sex life.
"In addition, couples in which men did most or all of the childcare had just as much sex as couples with egalitarian arrangements, and were just as satisfied with the amount of sex they were having," the researchers noted.
Getting under the knife to lose weight? It's has a 'super' benefit: Besides making you slimmer, a successful weight-loss surgery can also lead to increased activity in the bedroom for years. A recent research conducted at an university in the American state of Fargo found just that. The study involved more than 2,000 people -- nearly 80 percent women - who underwent bariatric surgery and were surveyed about their sex lives for five years after the surgery.
One year after the procedure, most patients reported improvement in their sex lives. What is more, the researchers found, the effects continued even after five years after the surgery. At the five-year point, about 52 percent of women and 58 percent of men remained moderately-to-very satisfied with their sexual function as compared with about 31 percent and 28 percent, respectively, before surgery. Similarly, about 39 percent of women and 55 percent of men said they were more sexually active after the surgery than they had been before.
Get an extra hour of sleep: According to an interesting study by a medical journal, women who slept for an extra one hour than usual had an enhanced sexual desire next day. Reflecting sleep's impact on sexual desire, each additional hour of sleep increased the likelihood of sexual activity with a partner by 14 percent.
For the study, 171 college-going women were evaluated who kept diaries of their sleep and reported whether they engaged in sexual activity the next day. Women who slept longer on average experienced fewer problems with vaginal arousal than women who obtained less sleep.