At the beginning of relationships it's a sex carnival: sex in the morning, sex on the weekend, sex in the car. Then fast-forward a little and you're staring in opposite directions in bed pretending to read Shantaram and muttering under your breath as the lights go out with no action yet again.
According to new research there's a scientific explanation for why you're so tense with each other when you're not getting it on. The research published in Psychological Sciencem partners experience a literal 'afterglow' from sex which lasts longer than you'd think.
Lead author of the study Andrea Meltzer commented that:"Our research shows that sexual satisfaction remains elevated 48 hours after sex. And people with a stronger sexual afterglow… report higher levels of relationship satisfaction several months later."
He examined data from two studies, one with 118 newlywed couples and another with 96. Every night they were asked to independently journal whether they had sex that day. Then they were asked to rate how satisfied they were with their sex lives.
The results showed that any sexual activity was linked to lingering sexual satisfaction on the day of intercourse, the following day and even the day after that. This was the same for participants of both genders, any age and wasn't effected by factors like sexual frequency, personality or length of relationship.
Great news for everyone getting it on, not so good for those stuck in a sexual rut.