I have found a treatment, as old as time, which may help those of us with sleep problems: masturbation!
Having a conversation about masturbation is taboo, isn’t it? Not to be discussed at work or dinner parties (or on blogs!) Well, masturbation is a topic that could do with some airing, especially as it may fight insomnia!
Sexual climax (of any kind) leaves one in a relaxed and contented state. This is often followed closely by drowsiness and sleep – particularly when one masturbates in bed.
Ta-Da! Problem solved!
***If you do not approve of masturbation, please do NOT continue reading***
Matched with male masturbation, female masturbation is considerably less common: 90 per cent of the total male population compared to 65% of the total female population masturbate from time to time. There are many benefits linked to masturbation, in general.
The best thing about masturbation is its many unexpected health benefits for both women and men.
- Promote the release of endorphins, the neurotransmitters associated with happy feelings that can improve overall mood and fight off depression.
- Produce oxytocin, which works as a natural pain reliever.
- Help reduce headaches and muscle aches.
- Relieve stress and tension and aid relaxation after a stressful day.
- Provide a sexual outlet for people who are on their own, by choice or circumstance.
- Help to induce sleep, or conversely, help to start the day with more energy.
- Improve the immune system and contribute to overall health.
- Strengthen muscle tone in the genital and pelvic floor area, which can lead to better sex.
- Keep you free from sexual transmitted infections as it’s the safest kind of sex.
- Help people who suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), a neurological disorder causing leg pain, cramps, tingling and itching, (published in the medical journal Sleep Medicine). Several doctors in the US have had confirmation from their patients that it helps.
- Translate into better sex as stimulating each other at the same time is intimate and rewarding. People often masturbate into old age.
Benefits for Men
In 2003, an Australian research team led by Graham Giles of The Cancer Council Australia found that males masturbating frequently had a lower probability of developing prostate cancer. Men who averaged five or more ejaculations weekly in their 20s had significantly lower risk! However they could not show a direct causation. The study also indicated that increased ejaculation through masturbation rather than intercourse would be more helpful as intercourse is associated with diseases (STDs) that may increase the risk of cancer instead.
However, this benefit may be age related. A 2008 study concluded that frequent ejaculation between the ages of 20 and 40 may be correlated with higher risk of developing prostate cancer. On the other hand, frequent ejaculation in one’s 50s was found to be correlated with a lower such risk in this same study.
A 2008 study at Tabriz Medical University found ejaculation reduces swollen nasal blood vessels, freeing the airway for normal breathing. The mechanism is through stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system and is long-lasting. The study author suggests a male can masturbate to alleviate the congestion and can adjust the number of ejaculations depending on the severity of the symptoms.
Other benefits include:
- May help combat premature ejaculation by training to last longer; it’s easier to practise control when on your own.
- Regular flushing of the system keeps semen healthy.
Benefits for Women
Possible health benefits for women:
- Combats pre-menstrual tension and other physical conditions associated with the menstrual cycle, such as cramps.
- Relieves painful menstruation by increasing blood flow to the pelvic region; which will also reduce pelvic cramping and related back aches.
- Builds resistance to yeast infections.
- Allows women to explore and understand their bodies better, so they will know what they like when they have sex with a partner.
Should you require further inducement, ladies, as you age, your body undergoes normal physical changes that may affect your sex life. The good news is that all these changes aren’t bad: ageing can have positive effects on sexuality. Some women, for instance, report feeling the freedom to enjoy sex more as they get older and don’t have birth control issues to contend with. Other women, however, experience emotional or physical changes that can make sex less enjoyable.
Practicing masturbation techniques can help remedy some of the problems experienced by women as they grow older. As a woman ages, her vagina becomes shorter and more narrow. In addition, without regular supplies of estrogen, the walls of the vagina can become thin and stiff. For this reason, it is common to experience vaginal dryness, or a lack of natural vaginal lubrication (wetness), as you get older. Masturbation stimulates the brain to produce physical changes in the vagina and activates various neural pathways responsible for clitoral swelling, vaginal congestion, lengthening of the vagina, and lubrication.
Maybe it’s a good idea to make masturbation part of your health routine and have fun at the same time.