This Surprising Nutrient Could Just Be What Your Sex Life Is Missing
A healthy sex life can be one of the most pleasurable aspects of a relationship and a great way to connect intimately with your partner. But what happens when stress gets in the way? Here's what to know about the stress-sex connection, plus what you can do about it.
Why stress can ruin sex.
Research has even shown that experiencing stress is negatively correlated with sexual activity (both in terms of sexual behavior and satisfaction). In one 2010 study2 on sex and stress, the researchers write, "Higher self-reported stress in daily life was associated with lower levels of sexual activity and satisfaction and a decrease in relationship satisfaction."
It's also not uncommon for a stressful thought mid-coitus to totally take you out of the moment (which can be hard to get back into once you've lost the vibe).
"Stress makes the body produce cortisol, and cortisol interrupts all the happy hormones of sexual arousal," mindfulness coach Emma Michelle Dixon, Ph.D., previously wrote for mbg. "When we're stressed during sex, we also tend to get too much in our heads instead of focusing on our bodies, which is key to experiencing pleasure."
How magnesium can help.
Magnesium is a major player in the body's overall functioning, and being relaxed to enjoy good sex is no exception. Getting enough magnesium in our life is clearly linked with stress physiology3. In fact, high levels of stress can actually mess with the homeostasis of magnesium4 (an essential macromineral, mind you) in the body.
Luckily, magnesium supplements are available today to ensure you reach the recommended daily intake of magnesium6, such as mbg's sleep support+ formula. It's made with magnesium bisglycinate, which is known for its ability to help relax muscles and ease stress—both things that will help in the bedroom.*
The supplement can be especially helpful for those who enjoy having sex in the evenings, as its 120 milligrams of magnesium bisglycinate per serving are paired with sleep enhancers jujube and PharmaGABA®.* You can expect its sleep-promoting properties to kick in within one to two hours of taking the nightly supplement—giving you and your partner plenty of quality time in between.*
Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, a registered yoga instructor, and an avid astrologer and tarot reader. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from State University of New York at Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.