Why do men fall asleep after sex?

After intercourse, the release of chemicals such as oxytocin, prolactin, gamma-amnobutyric acid (GABA), and endorphins contribute to the feeling of being unable to regulate sleep (Getty Images)
After intercourse, the release of chemicals such as oxytocin, prolactin, gamma-amnobutyric acid (GABA), and endorphins contribute to the feeling of being unable to regulate sleep (Getty Images)

Do men usually fall asleep after sex? Although it would be too risky to say that this happens to all men, it is true that it happens to a large percentage and it is the male sex that takes the first place over the female when it comes to “disconnecting”. Is. brain for a while after sex

Why does this usually happen? It can be said that there are many reasons and none of them have anything to do with the emotional state of the couple, not at all with the performance.

After orgasm, the release of chemicals such as Oxytocin, prolactin, gamma-amnobutyric acid (GABA), and endorphins Contribute to that feeling of not being able to control sleep. These hormones are also part of brain activity when you have sex.

According to one study, this drop in power is linked to a decrease in neuronal activity of the prefrontal cortex (Getty Images).
According to one study, this drop in power is linked to a decrease in neuronal activity of the prefrontal cortex (Getty Images).

Book authors Mark Lenner and Billy Goldberg, Why do men fall asleep after sex? They suggest that, Since the climax of the male is given by the external organ (the erogenous part of the female is the internal one)Causes loss of energy through ejaculation.

This leads to changes in the brain, as shown by research published in the journal Neuroscience and Behavioral Reviews, in which this decline in potency is associated with There is decreased neuronal activity in the prefrontal cortex. what happens is that it stops after orgasmso that men can feel sleepySince consciousness and alertness are found in this area.

What happens to women? Almost like a counterpoint, the authors state that female orgasms are a burst of internal energy, so they don’t feel tired or sleepy.

What happens to women?  Almost as a counterpoint, the authors claim that female orgasms are a burst of internal energy, so they don't feel so tired or sleepy (Getty Images)
What happens to women? Almost as a counterpoint, the authors claim that female orgasms are a burst of internal energy, so they don’t feel so tired or sleepy (Getty Images)

Laurie Bettito, a Montreal psychologist specializing in sex therapy, believes that women generally prefer to talk after sex. ,Communication becomes more natural and easier for them.” he claimed. “If a man doesn’t feel like talking, You may be disappointed.” However, hugging and talking after intercourse builds trust and improves the romantic relationship.

“A man’s body chemistry changes,” said Vancouver sex therapist David McKenzie. “The biochemical prolactin is released which physically alters the body and makes you feel very tired,” the expert said.

lener y goldbergHe adds: “We believe that physical exertion during sex and after climax depletes muscles of energy-producing glycogen. This makes men sleepy. Since they have more muscle mass than women, They get tired more than they do after doing it”.

Sexologist Walter Gedin explained information: “There are neurophysiological issues, let’s say, that mark some of the differences between male orgasm and female orgasm. Beyond neurotransmitters, After male orgasm, there is a period called the refractory period., This is already a big difference with female orgasm, so Very low sexual desire after intercourse, Satiety is a pleasurable release of tension, but there is a release of tension, and then comes a refractory period.”

"Men have a refractory period, this refractory period increases with age, in young people it is less frequent, and as the refractory period progresses.  It means we need more time to recover sexual desire"Dice Gedin (Getty Images)
“Men have a refractory period, the refractory period increases with age, it is much less common in younger people, and as the refractory period progresses. This means we have more to recover sexual desire.” Need time,” Gedin (Getty Images)

Instead, Gedin follows, in female, Multiorgasmic ability means that instead of having that resolution and falling with a refractory period, as in males, the female is ready, or at least willing, to recover quickly and stimulate a new orgasm. current capacity. “So there is worlds apart Which can be summarized in men, we have a refractory period, this refractory period increases with age, in young people it is much less, and as the refractory period progresses. This means that we need more time to recover sexual desire. And in women, the ability is multi-orgasmic, making the woman more awake at that time”, says the sexologist.

Reactions after sex can vary as much as people are present, An irrepressible desire to hug, talk, express feelings to the other person, a feeling of fatigue and even tears can arise. but The key is that the attitude after intercourse will depend exclusively on whether you are a man or a woman.

among men, Your brain literally “shuts down”; Sends a command to disable any sensations of sexual desire once orgasm is reached. This is confirmed by the results of a study conducted by a group of researchers from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, led by Serge Stollera.

In this study, researcherss scanned the men’s brains during and after intercourse and observed that the cerebral cortex—the one in charge of conscious thoughts—was “aroused” during the moment of intercourse.

Similarly, the anterior cingulate cortex—which controls heart rate—and the cerebral amygdala—which processes and stores emotional responses—were found to be in charge of sending messages to the rest of the brain to cancel any sexual desire. To do this, they produced a greater secretion of two substances: oxytocin and serotonin, two hormones that induce sleep and make men fall asleep more easily.

In one study, they scanned the brains of men during and after intercourse, and found that the cerebral cortex during the moment of intercourse
In one study, they scanned the brains of men during and after intercourse, and found that the cerebral cortex “turned off” during the moment of orgasm (Getty Images)

In men, their brain sends a command to deactivate any sensation of sexual desire once orgasm is achieved. According to a study conducted by Queensland University of Technology and the University of Zurich in Australia, nearly half of women – 46% – experienced sadness, the urge to cry and anxiety after having some sex throughout their time. Life And this happens even when sex has been pleasurable.

But this is not the only sensation that women experience after reaching the long-awaited orgasm: many people like to talk. And the fact that many women feel the need to be pampered and received loving words after intercourse, according to a study by American psychologists Susan Hughes and Daniel Kruger, suggests ways to strengthen emotional bonds in a very intimate setting. as has been explained.

Gedin closes: “In men, the decline is sudden, it causes a feeling of well-being and drowsiness and therefore less desire to establish communication, we also know if that communication is interesting or there is something in the communication, let’s say, someone. By the way the need increases so to speak, so do we. Not that we necessarily fall asleep. If there is an interest, it can be aroused according to the subject or according to what is being considered. That’s what happens when we end an erotic encounter and we have to leave the place. Perhaps if we have to give up or immediately, the dream is put aside in pursuit of an action. Here too, the verb can be to talk or to do some other activity, but this is usually the case. between quotation marks. It sinks in for a man to fall asleep after an erotic act, because it gives the impression that he has done, he has already downloaded and no longer feels that way”.

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