BY: JESSICA BEUKER
Hormone expert and author of WomanCode, Alissa Vitti, recently revealed that the best time of day to have sex is actually 3 p.m.
This goes against the popular notion that mornings are the best time to have sex. This is likely thought to be because men produce testosterone while they sleep, the key hormone in arousal and sexual performance. Since these levels peak in the morning, that would be the best time to have sex…for men.
Vitti derived her answer by looking at both men and women’s individual needs to figure out the specific time when both partners were the most likely to be satisfied, according to Bustle.
Vitti says that, by the afternoon, a man’s testosterone levels have gone down a bit, while their estrogen levels rise. Since men have higher estrogen levels at this time, it makes them more honed in to their emotions, which according to Vitti in an article for Express, makes them more likely to give women the emotional support they desire, while still pleasing themselves.
On the other end, women have elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, around 3 p.m., which causes energy levels to spike. This blend of hormone balances and synchronized libidos is why Vitti believes that 3 p.m. is the optimal time to sneak away from work for a quickie.
Unfortunately, Vitti’s research only applies to straight couples and may not hold the same truth for same-sex couples. But as Vitti emphasized, the key to a fulfilling sex life is compromise of needs and finding something that works for both people. So if a little Afternoon Delight isn’t an option for you – that’s okay, first thing in the morning, right before bed, or anywhere in between can work too.