Want to be better at your job? Then you should just have more SEX

Oregon State University research says couples who get it on the night before work perform their work tasks better the next day

Workers who had sex the night before are better at their jobs, according to new research.

A happy sex life really does put a spring in their step to the extent that they outperform their less amorous colleagues at work the day after a night of passion.

It also boosts their own job satisfaction which, in turn, gives them a better work-life balance, said researchers from a US university for the specialist Journal of Management.

A team from Oregon State University looked at 159 married employees from an unnamed office-based business, monitoring their work performance and their sex habits.

Those who had sex with their partners, at home, performed their work tasks better the next day than those who did not have sex.

Oregon State University research reveals getting between the sheets can help you tackle spreadsheets with ease (Photo: Getty)

They came to work happier and more fulfilled, immersed themselves more in the tasks they were given and enjoyed their job more as a result, said OSU’s College of Business professor Keith Leavitt.

He said: “We make jokes about people having a ‘spring in their step,’ but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it.

“Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organisations they work for.”

Some countries already recognise this, he said. In Sweden, one town council has suggested municipal workers be given an hour off every week specifically to have sex.

Workers also had better job satisfaction after a night in the sack (Photo: Getty)

But it could also be a result of having time away from constant work contact – the time spent having sex is also – it is assumed – time not spent checking emails or being on a screen.

This lowers work-related stress even without the added benefits of lovemaking, which releases chemicals and hormones related to reward centres in the brain, said the study.

The feelgood factor from sex lasts for approximately 24 hours, said Professor Leavitt.

The effects are said to last at least 24 hours (Photo: Getty)

In contrast, sacrificing sex in order to work is only likely to lower any feelgood factor and raise levels of stress.

He added: “This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority. Just make time for it.

“Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy sex life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage.”



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