Back in high school, that hot jock who always seemed to get lucky with the ladies never appeared as the brightest student in class. It is therefore understandable for us to assume that increased sexual activity has nothing to do with brainpower. But that’s old news. It’s time for us to introduce the best news you’ve probably heard in a while – having sex can induce brain cell production and make you a whole lot smarter. And here’s how:
- Relax, buddy!
Time and time again, scientific research has shown that sex leads to lowered levels of stress and anxiety. That’s because having sex leads to increased release of our “happy” neurotransmitters such as oxytocin and dopamine, which not only provide us with feelings of pleasure but can also soothe our mind with calm thoughts. High levels of stress can actually inhibit brain function and emotional intelligence, meanwhile an improvement in mood leads to increased motivation and focus. This is perfect for those of us who need that extra zest to pull through our hectic work schedules.
- Sex = Increased Neurogenesis
A clinical study conducted in the University of Maryland (amongst many others!) has shown that sex leads to increased production of neural cells particularly in the hippocampus, which is an area in the brain responsible for the formation and storage of long-term memory. This not only suggests that sex can improve memory but that it can also prevent age-related memory loss.
- Confidence is Key
This one’s pretty much a given – it’s no surprise that confidence goes way up after sex, especially when that girl was a 9 and you’re a borderline 5 (ha-ha!). Increased self-esteem not only improves mood and emotional stability on a day-to-day basis, but it also leads to opportunities of meeting new people and learning new things.
- Hormones For The Better!
Although taking DHEA as a supplement can actually lead to some pretty bad side effects, producing the DHEA hormone naturally (in our bodies) does the complete opposite. DHEA increases cognitive function by increasing the production of brain cells, supporting memory recall and maintaining brain health. And guess what! A bit of love making can bring these little DHEA buggers right out.
- Orgasm away, ladies!
When women orgasm, over 30 different areas in the brain begin to light up like a Christmas tree. This suggests increased cognitive activity, which leads to increased blood flow and oxygen uptake in the brain. Keep in mind that blood contains an entire load of healthy minerals and nutrients, providing your brain with the juice it needs to stay sharp and focused. If you have a busy day ahead that requires a lot of concentration and energy, it may be a good idea to start touching your partner in all the right places.