As in our last article, we tackled something that was seemingly thought to be well known to most, though turned out not to be. Here is another look into a commonly held belief, that men fall asleep faster after sex than women. But, do they?
Researchers set out to see if this was indeed true, as well as testing a hypothesis they had. They asked 226 undergrads about their masturbatory behavior, relationship status, and sexual histories. They also asked questions about how often they, or their partner, falls asleep after penile-vaginal sex, and who falls asleep faster.
They found that both men and women self-reported falling asleep quicker after sex when experiencing an orgasm. Their most interesting finding was women were more likely to fall asleep faster after sex than men, with or without having an orgasm.
They also found that there were no differences between men and women when masturbating. Only when women were inseminated were they more likely to fall asleep. This result points to the theory the researchers had, that seminal fluid has sedative properties. The idea is that because humans walk upright, if they are active after sex it would be more difficult for insemination to work properly.
However it must be noted that this study does have many limitations, including that it was college aged participants and a small sample size.
Original Article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/social-instincts/202010/who-falls-asleep-faster-after-sex-men-or-women
Paper: Gallup Jr, G. G., Platek, S. M., Ampel, B. C., & Towne, J. P. (2020). Sex differences in the sedative properties of heterosexual intercourse. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.