When you're feeling stressed out from a hectic schedule and life's pressures, is getting some action in the bedroom an effective way to cope?
Yes, say 77 percent of Australians in a survey by healthcare organisation Bupa.
Three quarters of Aussies surveyed believe sex has great stress-management benefits, according to the Bupa Stress Survey 2011.
Bupa's Wellness Ambassador Guy Leech said he was not surprised couples were using sex to de-stress.
"Sex can help benefit the body in a number of ways, including by increasing endorphins, which help to reduce feelings of stress," he said.
While getting it on is a great way to unwind, that other thing we do in the bedroom — sleep — is also very helpful is managing stress levels, says Bupa's Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Goldstein.
"Lack of sleep affects both our mental performance and our mood," Dr Goldstein says.
"Bupa research shows that sleep-deprived people report feeling more stressed, sad, angry, mentally exhausted and less optimistic about their lives as a whole."
He suggests trying meditation or yoga to prepare yourself for a good night's sleep.
So basically, if you feel like you're not coping with stress, the answer is simple: spend more time in the bedroom.
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