Is this the best way to get ahead at work?
Looking to give 110% in the office? Well, it turns out there’s something you can do that doesn’t involve staying late pushing paper – in fact, quite the opposite.
Research carried out by Keith Leavitt, an associate professor at Oregon State University, has proven that having sex the night before a working day can boost productivity and give a greater sense of work satisfaction.
Leavitt and his team asked 159 couples with full time jobs to complete two brief surveys every day for two weeks. The surveys asked questions on the participant’s mood and sense of work engagement day-in day-out, and the findings were particularly telling.
The surveys revealed a trend that showed couples who had engaged in sexual activity in the evening reported more positive moods the next day. The elevation in mood not only lasted 24 hours, but powered them through a more successful working day, leading to “sustained work engagement and job satisfaction.”
The effects were felt with equal strength by both men and women, and overrode common predictors of mood, such as sleep quality.
Leavitt says: “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.”
The study explains that the chemical reaction that happens in our brains after sex is what to thank for the long-lasting mood uplift. Getting intimate triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the reward centers in the brain, as well as oxytocin, a neuropeptide associated with social bonding and attachment.
This release of chemicals sends us on a high that then positively impacts other areas of our lives, making it the perfect pre-work activity.
Leavitt continues: “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.”
And in order to properly engage in after-hours fun, he recommends putting those screens down and giving the object of your affections your undivided attention. “Technology offers a temptation to stay plugged in, but it’s probably better to unplug if you can. And employers should encourage their employees to completely disengage from work after hours,” he says.
Leaving work-stress in the office and using our spare time to enjoy ourselves as we please, email-free? Well, that sounds like an idea we can get behind…
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