Your sex life is an important part of your well-being. You don’t really need us to tell you that, but, hey, we’re here as a friendly reminder just so you know that sex has plenty of positive benefits; like helping to deal with stress.

However, there are some factors that can impact your sex life, like your bad sleep habits, and that’s just a double whammy of frustration if/when that happens. After all, who in the hell wants to be tired all the time and then not have enough energy to actually get busy? If that’s happening, that’s when it’s time to make some changes, because it’s hurting you mentally and physically.

Since we care about your sex life and want to see it thrive, we’re telling you how your lack of sleep could be hurting your skills in the bedroom. Take notes and, if this is a problem, try changing things up to alleviate the problem.

You’re less focused

It’s no secret that you feel sluggish and or distracted when you’re more tired, which can cause anxiety at work or with daily tasks. Well, the same thing occurs in the bedroom, too, because having trouble sleeping can lead to a lack of good performance between the sheets. Rather than focus on the task at hand, sex, your mind is thinking about a number of different things, compartmentalizing everything you have to do, acting as a serious distraction.

Lack of sleep decreases testosterone

We all know that testosterone is uber important for a man’s body, which is why we spend so much time and/or money on supplements to help maintain it functioning properly. When we lose (or lack) testosterone, it can lead to some serious issues, one of which is lack of sex drive.

Yep, how much you sleep directly impacts your testosterone levels, and, if you wake up still sleepy, you’re opening up the possibility of lowering said testosterone, which means lack of energy and lower sex drive.

More sleep = feeling more attractive

You know when you wake up in the morning and try to rub the sleep out of your eyes but it just doesn’t seem to work? Well, that’s because your mind feels as if it’s still exhausted, meaning you feel less attractive to yourself and other people. That may not actually be the case, but, when you’re not sleeping right, you feel it.

While it may all be in your head, studies do show that a good night’s sleep affects your skin, waistline and energy levels, which are all key components with how you physically feel about yourself. So, when you don’t sleep right, you don’t feel handsome, meaning you’re less inclined to have a positive sex life because of possible insecurities stemming from your looks.

Lack of sleep lowers sperm count

No man wants to become infertile, so making sure you get enough sleep each night is one of the main steps in maintaining good sexual health down there. According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, sleep deprived guys had lower-quality semen than those who caught enough Zzz’s each night. When your circadian clock is thrown off and your body’s natural cycle is impacted, it can lead to hormones producing less of the stuff you need down there.

Losing sleep can cause erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a number of different things, but one of the more common factors is actually lack of sleep. To avoid your sex life being impacted by a problem with getting and keeping it up, make sure you’re in a good routine for sleeping right each night.

For example, a 2009 study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine looked at 401 men with sleep apnea. The result? 70 percent who identified with bad sleeping habits also had erectile dysfunction. Bottom line: Practice better sleep habits so that your pecker isn’t taking a nap during really important times.