Turning Up the Music Might Improve Your Sex Life

As Marvin Gaye once said...

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We all know music is powerful. It can make us feel better, burst into tears, smile uncontrollably, dance like a maniac, and, according to a recent study, improve our love lives.

In a study called Music Makes it Home, the wireless audio company Sonos surveyed 30,000 people in eight different countries to get some insight into their relationships with music. Then the company used that info for an experiment with Daniel Levitin, PhD, neuroscientist and author of This Is Your Brain on Music, to analyze what the effect of listening to music out loud (as opposed to with headphones) had on 30 different households around the world. Their conclusion after one week? Music definitely changes the way we connect with those we love.

Aside from being linked to families spending more time together ("music-heavy" households in the United States spent four and a half more hours together each week than families that rarely listened to music out loud at home), making food taste better, and making people feel more inspired, listening to music also had a big effect on intimacy. So crank up the music this weekend — you're in for a pleasant surprise.

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More Time in the Bedroom

Turning Up the Music Might Be the Key to a Much Better Sex Life
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Sleep experts are always reminding us that the bedroom is for two things and two things only: sleep and sex. But we're all guilty of watching TV, checking email, and even eating dinner in the boudoir on occasion, right? Well, maybe music can get us back on track: When couples in the study turned on music, they got turned on, too. Their time spent awake in the bedroom with their significant others increased by 37 percent. Instead of laying awake with cell phones in their faces, they were sharing intimate moments with each other.

More (and Better!) Sex

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Not only did couples who listened to music out loud the most have 66 percent more sex than couples who didn't, one in five said they enjoyed sex more while listening to music.

"One of the things that happens when people listen to music out loud together is that their neurons fire synchronously with one another," said Dr. Levitin in a press release. "Think about it. Your neurons are firing at the same rate as someone else in the room listening to music with you, and for reasons we don't completely understand, this releases oxytocin."

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More Romance

Turning Up the Music Might Be the Key to a Much Better Sex Life
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This sounds about right to us: Participants felt 16 percent more loved when music is playing. On top of that, 18 percent were inspired by a song to say "I love you." Apparently tunes turn average, everyday moments into real-life rom-coms. In fact, hear that? John Cusack might be standing outside your window right this second.

More Attraction

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Need to reignite the flame? 65 percent of the Americans surveyed said their significant others get more attractive when they're playing music they like. So if you're not already planning on setting the mood with some music this weekend, you might want to rethink that decision. Here's a little somethin' to get you started. (You're welcome.)

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