Being too tired for sex is no longer an excuse, thanks to a new study.
A research has found getting jiggy in certain positions can help you sleep better.
More than 1,600 people had their sleep monitored in the study which took place over a three-month period.
These participants were told to try out 25 sex positions – from doggy style to the 69 technique.
It found people’s REM, a stage of sleep where you dream most vividly, had improved after a few sessions between the sheets.
The study, conducted by TheDozyOwl, found doggy style is the most popular move to help people snooze better.
After doing doggy, REM made up 33% of the candidate’s sleep, a 43% increase on the typical 23% REM each night.
The lotus sex position (39%), the eagle (35%) and the bridge (30%) are among the kinky techniques that increased REM the most.
But trying the corkscrew before bed has actually been found to decrease REM sleep the most, by a staggering 26%.
Even standing sex also reduced REM sleep by 17%.
REM sleep should make up just under quarter a person’s night sleep.
This is considered to be important because it stimulates parts of the brain involved with memory and learning.
According to experts, REM sleep also helps to process emotions too.
The findings also showed sex increased a man’s REM sleep more than a woman’s – with 12% compared with 2%.
Alex Ion, one of the contributors to TheDozyOwl, said this is because “women are more mentally stimulated during sex than men”.
The contributor added: “Women, are therefore more likely to be alert after sex, whereas men are typically tired after ejaculation.”
But it could also be down to the fact that women don’t orgasm as much as men.
Alex said: “Aside from the physical nature of sex, the reason it can increase your REM sleep, is that during sex oxytocin is released.”
What sex positions were best and worst for sleep?
Data shows REM sleep based on the average of 23% and the total average REM sleep after sex in this positions:
- Doggy style: +43%, 33%
- Lotus: +39%, 32%
- Eagle: +35%, 31%
- The Bridge: +30%, 30%
- Cowgirl: +26%, 29%
- Flatiron: +26%, 29%
- The Caboose: +22%, 28%
- 69: +17%, 27%
- Leap Frog: +17%, 27%
- G-Whiz: +13%, 26%
- Liberated Missionary: +9%, 25%
- Reverse Cowgirl: +9%, 25%
- Wheelbarrow: +4%, 24%
- The Butter Churner: +4%, 24%
- Table Top: +4%, 24%
- Ballet Dancers: 0%, 23%
- Spooning: 0%, 23%
- Magic Mountain: 0%, 23%
- Pretzel Dip: -4%, 22%
- Missionary: -9%, 21%
- Valedictorian: -13%, 20%
- The Spider: -17%, 19%
- Standing sex: -17%, 19%
- Horizontal 69: -22%, 18%
- The Corkscrew: -26%, 17%