Many people, whether knowingly or unknowingly, often categorize sex and money together. It is not uncommon to watch a film or read a novel that contains a wealthy individual who has no shortage of sexual partners. While it is pretty well understood that having money can often mean more opportunities for sexual activity, is it possible that there is a deeper correlation between these two things?
3 Interesting Sex / Money Connections
One study by the Institute for the Study of Labor indicates that there is indeed more to the sex / money connection. In fact, it goes so far as to indicate that of the people studied, those who engaged in sex more regularly tended to have higher incomes than those who did not. Here are three other interesting places that sex and money connect.
Two of the major stressors within a marriage relationship are…you guessed it…sex and money. When money is tight or there is a financial hardship, this can often lead to tension between parties and a lack of bedroom intimacy. No sex can then lead to more frustrations, compounding the problem even further.
Conversely, having more money can sometimes create sex and marriage problems too. Marripedia states that, “A Canadian study found that divorce rates increase as married women’s income approaches that of their husbands, and accelerate further when women’s income surpasses that of their husbands.” Husbands who feel disconnected from their wives due to inadequacy in the area of finances, tend to also be less interested in having sex as well.
So, no matter how you slice it and dice it, money and sex seem quite connected when it comes to maintaining a happy marriage relationship.
Living a healthy lifestyle is another place where sex and money tend to work together positively or compound things negatively. Financial stress in Canadians has been linked to serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and mental conditions like anxiety and depression. People who suffer from these conditions also tend to have a lower sex drive.
On the other hand, a healthy and active sex life can reduce stress, be good for the heart, and improve overall well-being and brain sharpness. When a person is healthy and able to think clearly, they usually perform better at their job and more easily align themselves with financial growth opportunities and career advancements.
Believe it or not, sex and money can both play a pretty significant role in a person’s ability to get a good night’s sleep. Sexual frustrations and money problems both can lead to insomnia. When it comes to money, about 48% of Canadians say they have “lost sleep because of financial worries” and people dealing with financial stress are about four times as likely to suffer from sleep problems.
However, it is possible to combat insomnia with sex. During intercourse, the body releases oxytocin and prolactin, hormones that promote relaxation and drowsiness, making it easier to fall asleep!
Sex and money both tend to play rather large roles in most people’s lives. Those roles, when acknowledged and managed well, can create an environment that encourages personal, relational, and professional growth. When neglected, however, they can both work negatively to deteriorate these same areas. Choose wisely!
Meet Destiny and Carter
Just last month, this couple celebrated five years of marriage and also reached their goal of buying a home. While this may seem like a typical milestone in life, there was a time not so long ago when neither of these things seemed obtainable. Destiny and Carter were struggling equally in their finances and in their marriage.
It all began when Carter was furloughed from his job as the pandemic hit, and the couple became solely dependent on Destiny’s income. The struggle of tightened finances created tension and stress in their marriage, their sex life, and even in their physical bodies.
After nearly a month of sleepless nights, Carter decided that something had to change. He took advantage of his free time and booked a Zoom call with CleveDoesMore. During their virtual meeting, Cleve was able to provide Carter with some great strategies for budgeting, to maximize the income available now. He also created a financial roadmap that Carter and Destiny could follow once Carter was back to work. Finally, he provided Carter with hope for the future, a new outlook on his relationship with money, and a mindset that would give him back his peace of mind.
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