As if you ever needed an excuse to have more sex, there are some health benefits to getting between the sheets that might really surprise you. Check out this list of five of the top five benefits that you could see by regularly jumping into bed with your partner.

Work Off the Pounds

We all have those days when the alarm goes off, but the bed just seems a whole lot more appealing than an early gym session. Well, you never have to feel guilty about skipping leg day again; just have sex instead. If you can keep it up - no pun intended - for just half an hour, you've already burned around 90 calories. Do that enough times, and you'll soon be able to ditch the gym subscription and spend those few extra minutes in bed, though at just 90 calories, you’re going to have to have a whole lot of sex to replace your regular workout session.

Get a Better Night's Sleep

If you're one of those people who finds it hard to drop off at night, then you'll be glad to hear that a quick session before sleep can make it easier to catch those much-needed Z’s. Not only will it keep you off the smartphone, which is already bad enough for disrupting sleep patterns as it is, but sex can also release a flood of hormones that relax your body and induce drowsiness. A great way to ensure you get an early night after a long day at work, though maybe not so great first-thing in the morning when you’re struggling to climb out of the sheets.

Boost Confidence and Self-Esteem

Nothing boosts your confidence and self-esteem like feeling desired and lusted after by the opposite sex. Getting down to it with another guy or girl can really increase your confidence inside and outside of the bedroom, so never be afraid to tell them exactly what you want and how you want it. The effects of sex can stay with you for hours, too, so if you’ve got a huge meeting or presentation coming up, make sure that you fit a quickie in before work. Your confidence and self-esteem levels should soar for the rest of the day.

Give your Immune System a Helping Hand

Who would’ve thought that sex could offer protection from flu and, even worse man flu? It sounds too good to be true, but some studies have proven a link between regular sex and stronger, more resistant immune systems. If you want to keep yourself healthy and ward off those common germs and viruses, then make sure you're regularly getting enough sex. It’s a great excuse for both partners to help look after each other’s bodies; just don't forget the obvious stuff when it comes to avoiding contracting those viruses in the first place. Between the warmth of the bed and a strong, healthier immune system, there’s never been a better reason to avoid those cold mornings.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Sex and general closeness with your partner can ease anxiety and even reduce stress levels, so when you've had a tough one, don't reach for the wine or chocolate; just climb into bed instead. Touching and even hugging after sex releases your brain's feel-good hormone, reducing stress and anxiety levels, and increasing your body’s feel-good factor. Not only is this a quick-fix to overcome a difficult and stressful day, but the effects should stay with you for hours, until you can fit another session in. The best part? This prescription is entirely free.

So, there you have it, a whole list of reasons to have even more sex. Share it with your partner and squeeze in extra sessions before work, after work and any other time you can fit them in. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

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