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Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? – ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.  “Why do men fall asleep after sex?” you ask? Wow. You guys ask some tough questions . . . especially considering it seems like the Google “gods” are often out to pick on get us. (Why does smoking pot make some people paranoid? Oh, sorry, that’s a question for another day.)

Nevertheless, we don’t shy away from the news. So let’s see if we can address this question like the adults that we all . . . well, most of us are, shall we? This has got to be easier than answering questions about feminine hygiene products, at any rate.


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Again, while this might be more of a “lady” question it doesn’t hurt for you guys to read this too. After all, if you knew everything about women you would be rolling over and going to sleep right now instead of reading this, mmmkay? So stick around and if you’re not careful you may learn something before it’s done. (Wow; how Bill Cosby-“Fat Albert” was that?)

Oddly Yahoo Posters generally had the right idea when it came to answering this question. It was however disturbing to read so many posts using the word “orgasm”.  Still, there were a few interesting posts.

“?” is of a similar mindset as yours truly noting: “[sarcasm] Great question to ask over the internet. [sarcasm].” This of course following “Jakeaman”’s honest posting: “I can’t tell ya that I’m a virgin and I’m only 13.” (Do your mommy and daddy know what you’re doing right now, little boy?)

“Mrnoitall” responded by noting that he falls “asleep at (his) keyboard.” (Yeah, think about it.) Fellow poster “Lucy” get the award for bluntness by answering: “You just drained his n*ts.” “Dean A” was also quite blunt saying that men fall asleep after sex “Because we have no further use for you (women) at that point.”

Dave Zinczenko, author of Men, Love and Sex: The Complete User Guide For Women, says that after sex “men go to sleep because women don’t turn into a pizza.” (Yeah, appetizer and dinner all in one!)


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But seriously, folks, it’s all about science. According to experts such as Dr. Serge Stoléru, author of a study published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, notes that following sex men experience less activity in the prefrontal cortex — the area of the brain associated with processing different information streams and responses.

Next, two other sections of the brain–the amygdala and the cingulate cortex—instruct him to get off the subject of sex Then serotonin and oxytocin douse the brain and this often results in a sleep-inducing effect. If facts don’t work for ya ladies just figure you’ve done a good job pleasing your man,

Why do men fall asleep after sex? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.