Getting enough sleep is extremely important—it doesn’t just help your body recuperate and lower your risk of getting a stroke, but also keeps your skin from aging prematurely. However, a new study reveals a surprising new benefit to sleep: more sex. And it’s not just your regular run-of-the-mill sack play either. Researchers found out that women who get more sleep actually have better sex.

“Good sleep hygiene, which refreshes a person’s mood, energy and concentration, is linked to increased sexual desire and arousal,” reports In fact, each additional hour of sleep increased the likelihood of sex by 14 percent.

Having a hard time falling asleep? Here are a few tips to help get those Zzzs going!

Have a soothing bedtime ritual.
Create a pre-bedtime routine to give your body some time to wind down and transition from active mode to sleep mode. Your routine can consist of prepping stuff for the next day, taking care of personal hygiene, or doing something relaxing like reading or meditating.

Lay off on the caffeine.
If you want to be asleep by 9:00 p.m., try to limit your daily coffee intake. The effects of caffeine take a long time to wear off.

Unplug your electronics.
Did you know that the light emanating from your smartphone, TV, or laptop is keeping you from falling asleep? Make sure you switch off when you’re ready to go to bed.

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