Sexy Time Fun Facts
SEXY TIME FUN FACTS: 07-14-14
EATING APPLES MAKES WOMEN WANT TO GET-IT-ON?
It's been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but new research suggests it can do a lot more than that. A new study published in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics suggests that eating more apples leads to better sex for women. Researchers analyzed 731 sexually active Italian women aged 18 to 43 with no history or complaint of sexual disorder. Women taking prescription drugs or suffering from depression were excluded from the study as well. Participants were separated into two groups: regular apple consumption (one to two apples a day) and no apple consumption (0 to 0.5 apples per day). The women then filled out the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), which is comprised of 19 questions about sexual function, sexual frequency, orgasm, lubrication and overall sexual satisfaction. Researchers found that "daily apple use is associated with higher FSFI scores in sexually active female patients, thus increasing their lubrication and overall sexual function." So why apples? The researchers hypothesize that apples may improve sexual function because, like red wine and chocolate, they contain polyphenols and antioxidants that can stimulate blood flow to the genitalia and vagina, thus helping with arousal. Not only that, researchers says apples contain phloridzin, a common phytoestrogen that is structurally similar to estradiol -- a female sex hormone -- and plays a huge role in vaginal lubrication and female sexuality. Of course, the study has its limitations. It's a relatively small sample size and it's difficult to separate correlation from causation. However, the researchers note the results are "intriguing," to say the least.
SLEEPING NAKED IS GOOD FOR YOUR RELATIONSHIP, STUDY FINDS
Taking off your clothes before bed can lead to a happier relationship — in more ways than one. A survey by Cotton USA of 1,000 British people asked couples what they wear to bed and how happy they were in their relationship. Fifty-seven percent of those who reported sleeping in the buff said they felt happy, compared with 48% of pajama wearers and 43% of nightie wearers. People who wear onesies — who knew grown people still wore them? — are the unhappiest in their relationship, as 15% of participants reported being unsatisfied. Cotton USA spokesperson Stephanie Thiers-Ratcliffe said in a release that being nude encouraged being intimate and open, because of soft bedding and skin-to-skin contact. Manhattan-based therapist and relationship expert Amber Madison wasn't surprised by the findings. "Being naked in bed with your partner is physically and emotionally intimate," she said. "It's a way of showing, 'I want to be close to you' and a green light for sex. That intimacy and emotional and physical availability is what keeps a relationship strong in light of daily stressors and challenges." The study also looked at general sleeping habits and relationships. It found that dirty clothes on the floor, clutter and beds left unmade are big turn-offs. Eating in bed, allowing pets in the bedroom, stealing the covers and wearing socks to sleep were also listed as pet peeves. "There are many factors which can affect the success of a relationship, but one factor which is often overlooked is the bedroom environment," Thiers-Ratcliffe added. Speaking of cotton, the material was said to imply cleanliness, while satin implied wealth (but also sleaziness) and polyester implied cheapness. And ageism be damned: It's the over-55 crowd who are most likely to sleep naked, the survey found.