Gainful employment might be killing your sex life.
Unemployment rates are seeing a decrease — excellent news for the unemployed Americans who are ready to land a job — but working too much, over 40 hours per week, can negatively impact a person’s sex life. Do you work 50 to 60 hours a week? Have you noticed that your sex life isn’t what it used to be? If so, then you might want to think about cutting down your hours.
If you’re working more than 40 hours a week, your body is taking on stress. Sure, you might love your job, but extended hours cause your cortisol levels to increase significantly. When cortisol levels are increased, your sex hormones to become suppressed, which ultimately leads to a lowered libido.
Not only is your libido lowered when cortisol levels are up, but your fertility is impacted in a negative way as well. This means if you’re trying to get pregnant and you can’t, then working 40+ hours might be the culprit of the problem. And everyone knows, when you’re trying to conceive and you can’t, this only boosts stress and cortisol levels to an even higher level.
You’ve been working more hours and you would think that this would mean that you would lose or maintain your weight, but when you look at the scales, you see the pounds going up and up. Because the hormones related to stress influence your metabolism, you might find yourself gaining weight when working too much, even if you’re eating less. And when you don’t feel good about your body, you’ll probably be less inclined to crawl into bed for a sexual encounter.
Greater Chance of Excessive Drinking
There’s nothing better than coming home after a 16-hour day at the office and sipping on a glass of wine to unwind. But no matter the type of alcohol that you consume, excessive consumption can lead to lubrication challenges. As a woman, lubrication is vital to the enjoyment of sex. If you believe that your extra hours at work are contributing to your increase in alcohol consumption, then perhaps it’s time to wean down the hours to 40 or below.