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Better Sleep Hygiene Might Improve Sex for Shift Workers

Better Sleep Hygiene Might Improve Sex for Shift WorkersIf you’re a rotating shift worker, you likely know the effects your schedule has on your sleep. But did you know it can also affect your sex life?

Typically, rotating shifts involve having different schedules at different times of the day. You might work days, evenings, and overnights all in the span of a few weeks. As a result, your body may have a hard time adjusting and you might feel fatigued much of the time. And when you’re that tired, you may have trouble with sexual desire, arousal, and performance.

What can you do? Paying more attention to good sleep hygiene might help. For a group of nurses in Iran, better sleep quality improved their sexual satisfaction.

Researchers worked with 120 married female nurses with an average age of 34. All of the participants worked rotating shifts.

Half of the women participated in three sleep hygiene intervention sessions held once a week. There, they learned more about shift work disorder, sleep disturbances, healthy sleep habits, and time management. The rest of the women served as a control group.

Using questionnaires, the researchers assessed the women’s sleep quality, sexual quality of life, and sexual self-efficacy.

At the start of the study, 65% of the women had sleep disorders. After three months, sleep quality improved for the women in the intervention group. And their sexual assessments had “modest” improvements.

The study was published online in April in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

For more information on sleep and sex, see these links:

Sleep and Women’s Sexual Health

Quality of Sleep Can Have Major Impact on Men’s Sexual Health

Sleep Important for Older Women’s Sexual Health


The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Khastar, Hossein, PhD, et al.

“Sleep Improvement Effect on Sexual Life Quality Among Rotating Female Shift Workers: A Randomized Controlled Trial”

(Full-text article in press. Published: April 6, 2020)