Make time for a good night's sleep after sexual intimacy.

How disturbances in sleep may harm your health

While a bit of late-night sexual intimacy is all well and good, make sure you still get a bit of shut-eye afterward. Not only will this spare you from that dreaded early morning grogginess, but increasing evidence indicates that falling short on the eight hours your body needs to recuperate can affect your long-term health and overall quality of life in many ways.

If you are already concerned about obesity, heart disease or diabetes, for instance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that too little sleep may impair your body's ability to manage these conditions, and could therefore amplify already frustrating and potentially life-threatening symptoms. Surprisingly, even excessive amounts of sleep can have a negative impact if you aren't progressing to the right REM cycle.

"In the study, published in the October issue of the Journal SLEEP, short sleepers reported a higher prevalence of coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes, in addition to obesity and frequent mental distress," a press release from ScienceDaily states. "The same was true for long sleepers, and the associations with coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes were even more pronounced with more sleep."

With this in mind, as unsexy as it may seem to plan for physical intimacy, it may be in your best interest to set a bit of time aside for some fun with your favorite sexual lubricants, so you and your partner don't encroach upon some much-needed slumber. Or maybe you should just take the morning off at work. 

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