Men are always looking for an edge in the bedroom. A new study shows that the answer might not be in a drug but in a lamp.
For many, the art of seduction starts with dimming the lights. But a new study suggests that bright light may help men with flagging sex drives to shine in bed.
Exposure to bright light – similar to daylight – boosts levels of the male hormone testosterone and can triple sexual satisfaction, the research found.
So how did researches figure out that turning a light on might turn men on? To test their theory, researchers from the University of Siena in Italy recruited 38 men diagnosed with low libidos. They treated half of the men with daily doses of bright light. Every morning for two weeks, the men spent half an hour in a room with a light box designed to emit bright white light.
At the end of two weeks, tests showed their testosterone levels had risen significantly. They also reported “higher levels of self-rated sexual satisfaction.”
“The increased levels of testosterone explain the greater reported sexual satisfaction,” said Prof Fagiolini. “In the northern hemisphere, the body’s testosterone production naturally declines from November through April, and then rises steadily through the spring and summer with a peak in October. You see the effect of this in reproductive rates, with the month of June showing the highest rate of conception. The use of the light box really mimics what nature does.”
If you’re experiencing low levels of testosterone, instead of pills or meds, try a little extra sunlight. Maybe get some halogen lamps installed in your house. Maybe just have sex in a tanning bed. Just get some light instead of drugs.