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Sleeping After Sex Tied To Deeper Love

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:35 PM EST

If he falls asleep right after sex, does it mean he loves you less? The surprising answer from a new study: No.

In fact, on the contrary: Researchers found people who nod off immediately after sex have a greater desire for bonding and affection with their partners.

What’s more, the new study by University of Michigan and Albright College researchers found men are not more likely to drift off to sleep after sex than women, despite the common stereotype that they do.

The study, published in the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, was based on psychologists’ examination of 456 participants’ attitudes and behaviors related to sex.

In an online survey, researchers asked about a variety of factors – including participants’ perceptions of the quality of bonding, affection, communication, focus of attention, satisfaction and responsiveness after sex.

“Participants’ desires for partner expressions of emotional bonding, physical affection, and communication were higher when their partners' had greater tendencies to fall asleep first after sex,” they concluded.

In addition: “Men reported that their partners were more likely to fall asleep first when going to bed without having sex, but there was no sex difference in reports of relative sleep onset after having sexual intercourse.”

© HealthDay

People who fall asleep right after sex want a deeper bond with their partners, a provocative new study finds.
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:35 PM
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