On your average weekday morning, would you rather: Sleep for an extra half hour, or start your day having sex with your partner? Personally, I am never keen to stop snoozing, no matter the circumstances, although theoretically sex and snacks would rank among the most compelling reasons to be up early. And apparently, one of those things can give your workday a lasting boost: According to a survey conducted by mattress review site Mattress Advisor, people may feel more productive throughout the day if they set the tone with morning sex.
Mattress Advisor asked almost 1,000 partnered, cohabitating people about their morning routines: The order of operations they follow on any given day, and how they begin days that end up feeling more productive. For most people, the average morning unfolded along this schedule (presumably, without every participant checking every box): Use the bathroom, check phone, drink coffee, snooze the alarm for a little more sleep, shower, brush teeth, take care of pets, drink water, exercise, and have sex with partner. On the especially productive days, however, they did things differently: Use the bathroom, have coffee, shower, sex up partner, check phone, exercise, brush teeth, eat breakfast, take care of pets, and drink water.
However you feel about eating breakfast after you brush your teeth, here’s something you can feel good about: 53 percent of male-identified and 45 percent of female-identified participants said morning sex made them feel more productive. Meanwhile, 33 percent of men and 43 percent of women reported no change. Seven percent of men and 12 percent of women said morning sex made them less efficient. (Distracted, perhaps?)
Men were more amenable to sacrificing sleep for sex (41.5 minutes versus the 30.7 minutes women were willing to give up), but perhaps there is a middle ground. Perhaps you can tinker with your morning routine such that you sleep the same amount but also get to have an “intimate morning moment,” to borrow the survey’s phrasing. Among the activities people most commonly chose over morning sex: Brushing teeth (57 percent), sleeping (55 percent), showering (54 percent), and breakfast (51 percent). All of which seems reasonable — please brush your teeth before heading to work or anywhere else! — but still, it may be worth restacking your priority hierarchy to make room for morning sex.