Some people like to do it in the morning. Some people like to do it at night. Some people only want to get it on at three a.m.! But those of us who know better know that afternoon sex is the best sex. Why you ask? Let me count the ways: no worries about morning breath, you’re not exhausted from your day, you’re not still half asleep and dreaming. That’s just the beginning, though. I am a firm believer that afternoon sex is the best sex.
And of course, here’s where I have to put the sex-positive addendum to my overly-declarative statement: The best sex is the sex you want to have when you want to have it. But as someone who has consistently disliked morning sex since I started having it 14 years ago and someone who, as I’ve gotten older, has way less energy at night than I used to, I’ve come to firmly believe those afternoons are the best time to get it on.
Not totally convinced? Pretty sure you’re going to stick to your morning routine? Well, you do you — but also read these seven reasons why afternoon sex is the best sex. I think I might be able to change your mind.
1. It’s The Goldilocks Time Of Day
By which I mean it’s not too early and it’s not too late — it’s just right. In the afternoon, you’ve been awake for a while, but not so long that you’re tired from your day. It’s also an awesome time for a nap, which is the perfect post-sex activity. Goldilocks!
2. It’s Scientifically Proven
According to Dr. Paul Kelley, clinical research associated at Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, 3 p.m. is the best time to have sex — if you’re in your twenties. The Independent reports that Dr. Kelley determined that right in the middle of the afternoon is peak sexual energy for 20-somethings.
3. It Can Be Your Daily Workout
While some experts disagree about this one, one study from researchers at the University of Quebec found that a half hour of sex can burn as many calories as a 30-minute jog. Either way, clearly this is the best reason to skip a workout you’ve ever had.
4. It’s A Hot Way To Switch Things Up
If you usually do it at night or in the morning, having an afternoon quickie can be just the thing to spice things up a little bit. Routine can be a serious libido killer, so why not try a different time of day and see what happens?
5. Your Hormones Might Be At The Perfect Level
Hormone expert and author of WomanCode, Alissa Vitti, the afternoon is the best time for sex because of where our hormones are at, at least for opposite-sex couples. Her research found that men have higher levels of estrogen in the afternoon, whereas women have higher levels of cortisol. This means that guys are more open to intimate connection, and women have more energy, making it a nice balance for hetero couples.
6. It Feels Naughty
Especially if you’re skipping out on work or school in order to get it on. It just feelslike you’re being bad and that’s just hot.
7. You Can Try Out A New Position
Morning sex and night sex usually happen in bed. But afternoon sex? Afternoon sex has a whole range of other options. Don’t miss these seven perfect positions for afternoon sex.
See? What did I tell you? Now excuse me, I’m going to go listen to “Afternoon Delight.”
By EMMA MCGOWAN