Being a parent and having sex go together like . . . well, if you believe society, they go together like being a parent and getting enough sleep every night, but that shouldn't be the case. Not only does sex have some great benefits for all couples, but it can really give parents a much needed boost. In fact, there are several reasons why every parent should orgasm once a day.
I know what you're thinking. You're getting tired of all these blogs and magazines telling you, a parent, what you need to do each day to make your life better. Put your clothes out the night before! Make a meal plan! Exercise regularly! Take time for yourself! And all you can think is how you just want to fall asleep at night instead of stressing over the latest PTA supply list and the fact that your child still won't poop in the potty.
But what if I told you that having an orgasm every day could give you everything you've ever wanted as a parent? OK, maybe not everything you've ever wanted. But there are nine reasons why every parent needs to have an orgasm once per day. I know it sounds far-fetched to believe that something you love to have also packs a ton of benefits that work for parents, but trust me on this. You need to get that big O each day to reap these nine benefits.
1. It Helps You Sleep
Raise your hand if you're a parent and would like an easy way to fall asleep and stay asleep. Oh, there you all are! Look, short of your kid moving out, I can't guarantee that you're going to have a night of uninterrupted sleep. But I can tell you that an orgasm can seriously help. According to Self, a hormone called oxytocin causes endorphins to rush in after the big O and can have a sedative effect on your body, making it easy for you to relax and drift off to sleep.
2. It Boosts Your Immune System
The last thing you need as a parent is a cold, am I right? Keep yourself (and subsequently, your family) germ-free by having an orgasm. The Mirror reported that orgasms can increase your infection-fighting cells by 20 percent, keeping you healthy and satisfied.
3. It Alleviates Stress
You were waiting on this benefit weren't you? Yes, my friend, it's true. That hormone oxytocin is at it again. Oxytocin is released when you have an orgasm and studies have found that this hormone can reduce your stress levels. Don't let those classroom moms get you down about buying Oreos for the bake sale. Have an orgasm instead!
4. It Reduces Blood Pressure
The same study that found orgasms could help reduce your stress levels was also able to prove that an orgasm could reduce your blood pressure. Talk about relieving some unnecessary worries and fears, right? Your kids need healthy parents and lowering your blood pressure is a great way to start.
5. It Improves Your Libido
As much as I hate to admit it, parenthood does have a knack for dropping her sex life down to the bottom of the priority list, making you want it even less than before. But an orgasm can totally help that. Sex therapist Sari Cooper told Brides that when you're having frequent sex, you're more erotically aware, making your libido increase.
6. It Gives You Brain Power
Mommy brain is very real, but dads aren't off the hook either. All parents across the board seem to have minds made of mush after they have children, but an orgasm can help. Research has found that sex can actually cause cell growth in the hippocampus, which is the region of your brain responsible for long-term memory.
7. It Increases Your Pain Threshold
I've always had lower back pain, but oh man, having a kid made it so much worse. From carrying her all over the place to trying to hoist twenty bags of groceries and a stroller with her on my hip, I'm almost always in some kind of pain. Relive your parenting aches and pains with a romp in the sheets thanks to that oxytocin. A study actually found that the pain tolerance threshold increased in women by 74.6 percent when their vagina was stimulated and the pain detection threshold increased by 106.7 percent
8. It's Basically Exercise
OK, this one may require less of a manual, self-given orgasm and more sex, but the benefit still counts! Sex can burn between 85 and 250 calories depending on how long you and your partner can go, according to Women's Health. And if you're going for an orgasm, chances are it's going to take a little longer than 85 calories. You may not have time for a Zumba class, but I think you can make a little time for this workout sesh.
9. It Gives You Alone Time
Need I say more? Look, every aspect of your life involves your children in some way or involves you working your butt off because of your children. Having an orgasm is an absolute kid-free activity and gives you the much-needed alone time for you to thrive. Whether you have a partner or not, it's still perfect for some me-time.