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Sleep Important for Older Women’s Sexual Health

Sleep Important for Older Women’s Sexual Health

Getting enough sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. New research suggests that for older women, it’s important for their sexual function, too.

In a study published last month in the journal Menopause, researchers looked at data from 93,668 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 79 in the United States. All were participants in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, a long-term research project established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The women answered questions about their sexual function during the previous year and their sleep habits during the previous four weeks.

Overall, 56% of the women said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their sex lives, and 52% had had sex with a partner during the past year. About 31% of the women had insomnia.

The scientists discovered a link between the severity of insomnia and sexual satisfaction. Generally, women with worse insomnia tended to be less satisfied with their sex lives.

Women who slept less than seven hours a night were less likely to have sex with a partner. They also had less sexual satisfaction.

The findings “[suggest] the importance of sufficient, high-quality sleep for sexual function,” the authors wrote.

For more information on sleep and sexual health, please see these links:

Sleep and Women’s Sexual Health

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



Kling, Juliana M. MD, MPH, et al.

“Association of sleep disturbance and sexual function in postmenopausal women”

(Abstract. June 2017)

National Institutes of Health

“WHI Background and Overview”

“Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study Fact Sheet”

Vital Updates

Heitz, David

“Better Sleep May Lead to Better Sex”

(June 2, 2017)