Sex isn’t just for pleasure, it is a powerful thing. In addition to improving your mood, sex can also whittle your waistline, and new research shows it could even lengthen your life (but that’s another story).
You already know that hormones have huge implications on your sex life, as well as the feelings you experience afterward and yes, even the pillow talk.
As it turns out, these hormones peak and valley throughout the day, and synchronizing yours with your partner’s could lead you to even more enjoyable sex than ever. So what’s the best time to have sex? According to research, it’s about 3pm.
For women, this is when the hormone cortisol peaks, and brings with it energy and alertness. At the same time, men have high levels of estrogen, which makes them more emotionally present during sex. So, the key to satisfying sex is for partners to find a way to synchronize their libidos.
Another good time for sex is the early to mid-morning, when men’s testosterone—a hormone they produce during sleep—is highest. It is believed that men are more interested in initiating sex during this time frame and are more capable of a better sexual response.
And if you’re looking to conceive, you might want to heed that advice as well. One Italian study found couples are more likely to get pregnant during morning sex.