How Sobriety Can Improve Your Sex Life
- Alcohol can negatively impact your body through anxiety, poor sleep, stress, and sexual perfomance.
- Sobriety can improve your sleep, mental clarity, and physical appearance, as well as your emotional health. This includes improved relationships, higher self-confidence, and better emotional stability.
- Leading a healthy lifestyle and talking to your partner to help sustain a healthy sex life.
Sobriety improves your life in a number of ways, and alcohol has negative implications on not only your mental health, but also your sex life. Alcohol can bring on bouts of depression, anxiety, and lowered desire for sex.
Let me explain.
What are the Adverse Effects of Alcohol on Your Health?
Before we jump into bed, let’s discuss how alcohol affects your overall health. The short-term effects of heavy alcohol consumption can be felt almost immediately, but what about long-term impacts on your health? Alcohol-induced anxiety, trouble sleeping, changes in libido and sexual function are just a few. Moreover, alcohol can also lead to high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, and stroke.
Aside from the health impacts of alcohol, it can also take a toll on relationships. Heavy alcohol consumption may lead to deteriorating relationships as people become reliant on it to escape problems or issues in their lives.
What is Alcohol’s Influence on Sexual Performance?
While a night of drinking can be fun, alcohol’s impact on your sexual performance can be far from it. For a time, alcohol can stimulate your mood, make you more outgoing and help you enjoy yourself. Too much, though, and the impact can be quite negative.
Alcohol is a depressant, and impacts your central nervous system, which is responsible for the way your brain communicates with the rest of your body. Depressants, including alcohol, slow down this communication and lead to a number of drinking-related side effects like drowsiness, slow reactions, slurred speech, and even erectile dysfunction.
However, it should be noted that sobriety may not cure all of your woes. Some issues may be caused by conditions other than alcohol. If you’re suffering from sexual difficulties such as vaginal dryness or erectile dysfunction, you may need to consult a physician who can prescribe medications or synthetic lubricants.
Health Benefits of Sobriety
Alcohol, while enjoyable in moderation when consumed responsibly, carries with it a number of health threats. So what are the benefits of going sober, even for a month? Dr. Brian Wind of JourneyPure says “When people get sober they sleep better, have more energy, and can think more clearly. Best of all, sober people aren't damaging nearly every part of their bodies on a daily basis and aren't waking up with hangovers or withdrawals.”
Sobriety can positively impact many aspects of your life. A few physical benefits you can experience include:
- Decreased long-term health threats
- Better sleep
- Healthier appearance
- Improved mental clarity
On top of the physical benefits, you should also expect an uptick in the emotional benefits of sobriety, including:
- Emotional stability
- Improved relationships
- Decreased depression and anxiety
- Increased confidence
As you can see, the benefits are numerous and impact every aspect of your day to day life in a number of positive ways!
Tips to Sustain a Healthy Sex Life
As your foray into sobriety comes to a head, chances are you will feel great. From a mental, emotional, and sexual level the improvements and clarity in your life will be welcome changes. But what if your sobriety isn’t necessary, and you decide that you want to enjoy alcohol again? Good things is, when used in moderation, you can still maintain a healthy sex life.
The first tip, and one that will benefit your life in every area, is to make healthy lifestyle changes. This can include anything from finding a reasonable diet that works for you, exercising regularly or maintaining relationships with friends.
Another way to ensure a healthy sex life is by talking with your partner. This can be about a wide-range of topics, from what you enjoy during sex, sexual fantasies you may have or aspects that you struggle with. For both men and women, talking about difficulties during sex can be a challenging conversation. Communicating with your partner and understanding what the other wants will go a long way in sustaining a healthy sex life.
For some people, sobriety becomes an apparent necessity, and not just a choice. However, even making a short term commitment to not drinking, or taking part in a challenge like Dry January, can have real tangible benefits to your health and even your sex life. So next time you’re out for drinks, think about opting for a mocktail or even a glass of water. You might end up having more fun than you’d think!