The Quickie

The best time to shake the sheets

Other than “whenever the hell you feel like it o’clock,” there is no real “best” time of day to have sex. That’s why 70 percent of people have sex based not on the celestial positioning of the sun, but on convenient timing, or when they have a momentary lapse in their fully stuffed schedules.

That said, there are some trends in the time of day people most like to touch. Recent research has pinpointed the exact time when the majority of people report having satisfying sexual encounters, and that time is … drumroll please …7:30 a.m.

According to a recent survey by researchers at Forza Supplements (as well as a small library of other past studies), 7:30 a.m. is when the people enjoy sex the most — but, if you’re not an early riser, never fear: sex is apparently just as dazzling when it takes place within 45 minutes after you wake up, regardless of what time day.

Why? Couple of reasons.

For one, researchers at Forza noted that "energy levels are at their highest after a good night's rest," which gives you more stamina and enthusiasm for whatever acts of perverted perfection take place within the cozy confines of your sheets. This is because your body’s levels of energy-producing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline spike around that time, priming you with the blood flow, focus and gusto to prioritize pleasure over pancakes.

Testosterone, also known as the “Flaming Libidio Hormone,” also peaks around the time coffee shops open, imbuing penis owners with a gush of arousal, energy and stamina. Estrogen-based bodies also experience daily fluctuations of testosterone that peak in the morning, although the level that stays present in the body changes depending on where they are in their menstrual cycle (if they’re still having one).

As an added benefit, sex that takes place early and the morning can set you up for a good day ahead. Researchers made the additional discovery that the “rush of endorphins sparked by sex lowers blood pressure and stress levels, making us feel more upbeat for the rest of the day.”

It’s also just plain easier to bone in the morning.

You're already lying there next to each other (or yourself). There's no need for cinematic seduction (unless you want there to be), and you’re both encrusted in dried drool and eye boogers so the importance of appearance flies right out the door. All morning sex necessitates is a slight re-positioning of the poses you were already just sleeping in and ... bam.

Many people also report that early morning canoodling feels better than afternoon or night sex. One explanation for this could be the unique mental situation many people find themselves as they wake up. During that brief, but delicious time where you’re half-awake and half asleep (also known as hypnagogia), your body is relaxed and hypersensitive as it comes out of deep sleep, and your inhibitions are lowered to the point where the progression from snoring to sex seems seamless.

As relationship expert Dr. Wendy Walsh explained to Bustle, "Sometimes, when people are half-asleep or half-awake, it functions a little like how alcohol functions: It lowers some of their inhibitions. When you are inhibited, it means you’re feeling overly self-aware. You’re worried about what your partner’s perceiving. However, when your inhibitions are lowered — whether artificially through alcohol at night, or in the morning through drowsiness — it allows you to get closer to the animal in you. Which is what procreation is ... let the animal rave, let the animal free."

And if you’re in a rush to get out the door around peak sex hours? Marital therapist Jane Greer has some advice: do it anyway, if you can. “The heart-pounding adrenaline of spontaneous sex will intensify the entire experience,” she told Daily Mail.

Will do, Jane. Will do.

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