There are a lot of reasons for post-coital sleepiness, which include feeling physically exhausted and emotionally spent. The body also releases a host of chemicals during sex that can make people drowsy. Men and women may experience post-sex sleepiness differently due to the ways certain hormones affect them. There's a good chance you've found yourself falling into a peaceful slumber after an intimate encounter.
Or maybe you've been frustrated with a partner who has passed out without cuddling. But there are a lot of reasons people fall asleep after sex, and it doesn't necessarily mean a partner is uninterested.
There are some obvious reasons, like the fact that sex usually takes place at night after a long day at work and that it's a physically exhausting workout. But there are also a variety of chemical and psychological reasons at play. Laurie Mintz , sex therapist Dr. Debra Laino , clinical sexologist and certified sexuality educator Dr.
Lawrence Siegel , sex therapist Dr. Jane Greer , and sex therapist Dr. Carlen Costa to find out why sex makes you sleepy. One of the most obvious reasons you might get tired after sex is that it's physically exhausting.
Sex can be physically exhausting. During sex, your blood pressure and blood flow increase and there's a release of endorphins. Needless to say, not everyone is an athlete. And if you're in poor health or suffering from a cardiovascular condition, sex can tire you out even more. When you orgasm, the brain releases a cocktail of neurochemicals that make you tired. Both men and women have a significant oxytocin release after orgasm. Oxytocin, which has been dubbed the "cuddle hormone," also helps you regulate the stress hormone known as cortisol, according to Costa.
The result is a calming, almost narcotic effect. In addition to oxytocin, men and women release vasopressin, prolactin, serotonin, nitric oxide, and endorphins, according to Costa. Some of these chemicals aren't released until you orgasm , so whether or not you orgasm can make a difference in how sleepy you are. Of course, men and women may react differently to some of these chemicals. Having sex can be emotionally exhausting.
Shutterstock Generally speaking, when you're having sex, you're doing so with someone you trust. Instead, it tells us to stay calm. On the flipside, you might feel emotionally depleted after sex. Responses to sex differ from person to person. Some people might feel energized after sex and ready to take on the world, while others want nothing more than to curl up and fall asleep.