Dear Dr. Kate, Is It Okay to Use Orgasms as a Sleep Aid?

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Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City and she answers your medical questions every few weeks on EMandLO.com. To ask her your own question, click here.

Dear Dr. Kate,

I sleep so much better after an orgasm! Sometimes when I’m having trouble sleeping I whip out my vibe and I just pass right out after I finish. Why is this and is it alright that I use orgasms as a sleep-aid?

— Bloody Mary

Dear Mary,

It’s a stereotype that only men want to pass out after coming – climax makes many people a little sleepy. Those muscle contractions aren’t just in your vagina – many women feel their orgasm through their pelvis and legs as well, and feel like they’ve had a work-out after they come. Add to the physical exertion the orgasmic mind-blowing that clears out much of the brain debris from the day…and I think you’ve found a great way to relax enough to fall asleep at night. Much better to get yourself off than to get yourself habituated to sleeping pills.

— Dr. Kate

Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City. She also lectures nationally on women’s health issues and conducts research on reproductive health. She generously shares her medical wisdom with EM & LO readers every few weeks. Check out more of her advice and ask her a question at Gynotalk.com.


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