LifestyleEat this in the evening. Nighttime pleasure will be even greater

Eat this in the evening. Nighttime pleasure will be even greater

Sex should be a pleasure - this is an undeniable fact / illustrative picture.
Sex should be a pleasure - this is an undeniable fact / illustrative picture.
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2:53 PM EDT, October 23, 2023

Sex should be a pleasure - it's an undeniable fact. However, there are some factors that affect how much (or little) pleasure we derive from it on any given day. Ghrelin, the hunger hormone, is responsible for this.

Sex is a very important aspect of a person's life and an integral part of relationships. For years, topics related to it have also been the basis of scientific research worldwide. Recently, scientists decided to investigate how hunger affects a person during sexual intercourse. The results may surprise you.

What to do to make sex more enjoyable?

According to research conducted by Norwegian scientists, it's beneficial to have a good meal before going to bed. Thus, cuddles and sex with a partner will become significantly more enjoyable. The hormone responsible for this is ghrelin, also known as the hunger hormone, which is produced and released by cells in the stomach, small intestine, pancreas, and brain.

"In addition to its established role as an appetite-stimulating hormone, ghrelin also plays a part in assigning value to touch," explained scientists from the University of Oslo, as quoted by the "Daily Mail".

The touch becomes more pleasant

Norwegian researchers also decided to check the extent to which ghrelin affects the pleasure of touch. Over the course of two days, they conducted tests on 60 individuals. On the first day, after several hours of fasting, the subjects were given a liquid meal and a banana. The next day, at the same time, they were not given anything.

Scientists conducted blood tests on every person and scanned the volunteers' brains using functional magnetic resonance imaging. The subjects were also asked to rate the intensity and pleasure of touch. As it turned out, touch was significantly more enjoyable for them on days when they had eaten a meal, instead of starving.

- This could suggest that a mood-improving touch, such as a relaxing massage, has a more stimulating effect on a person after a meal than on an empty stomach - Norwegian scientists summarized the study.
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