We all know that more sex should make you happier but what if it also made you smarter. So next time you ask your girlfriend to fool around you can argue that it is that you both will be smarter in the end. Here are six science-backed reasons why having sex makes you smarter.
- It grows more brain cells.
University of Maryland researchers have found that having more sex will actually grow neurons in the brain. Consistent sex generates more brain cells in the area of the hippocampus, a region associated with information retention. And when the subjects went through withdrawal after a heavily sexually active period? “The improvements in cognitive function were lost despite the presence of more new neurons,” the authors say.
- It protects us from chronic stress.
Stress is bad for your brain: It destroys your concentration, makes you indecisive, and causes tension. Fortunately, frequent sex, according to a study published inPLOS One, protects our brains from stress hormones (called corticosterone) that cause these negative emotions. It appears that not only does sex increase neuron growth, it also produces hormones aimed to lower corticosterone levels.
- It boosts memory.
Frequent intercourse can also help maintain memory. In onebrain research study, for example, scientists compared the learning and memory of mice and found that those who had sex often had better “recognition memory function.” Then, in anew Dutch study of 1,700 people between the age of 58 and 98, researchers identified a strong link between those who had active sex lives and better memory recall.
- It enhances analytic skills.
Looks like the sheer act of mindless sex promotes more analytical and concrete thinking when compared to romance’s impact on the brain sayscientists. “When in love, people typically focus on a long-term perspective, which should enhance holistic thinking and thereby creative thought, whereas when experiencing sexual encounters, they focus on the present and on concrete details enhancing analytic thinking,” say study authors.
- It may make us more open.
Thanks tooxytocin, a brain hormone that’s released during sexual arousal, you’re more likely to be outgoing and social after regular bedroom interludes, say scientists fromMontreal’s Concordia University. “If someone is feeling very distressed, oxytocin could promote social support seeking, and that may be especially helpful to those individuals,” says study author Christopher Cardoso. Plus, circulating oxytocin also makes us less sensitive to social rejection.
- It keeps us sharper than Sudoku.
We’ve all heard by now thatpuzzles are goodfor keeping our brains sharp. Rutgers scientists say that orgasms may be even more effective at maintaining our cognitive health. Scientists came to this conclusion after studying brain MRIs of subjects taken during orgasm. While brain games light up only parts of our gray matter, gratifying sex activates the whole brain at once.
That brings more questions than answers like : How smart did the “easy girl” in high school become? Are nymphomaniacs geniuses? Just asking.