The upcoming June Bank Holiday brings BBQs, summer holidays and more sex!! MummyPages.ie Ireland’s leading online parenting community is excited to reveal the results of the country’s most comprehensive Sex Survey which focuses on the sex lives of mums in Ireland. The in-depth survey explores how a couple’s sex life is affected by seasonal change, daylight savings and the weather – which, according to 84% of mums, play a pivotal role in the amount of ‘sexy-time’ had by mums in Ireland.
Research by MummyPages reveals how changes in the seasons can lead to fluctuations in the sex drives of mums around the country. Nearly three quarters (74%) of mums surveyed admitted to feeling friskiest in June, July and August, with 35% of mums admitting to suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which can have adverse effects on their sex drive.
Here are the main findings of MummyPages sex survey:
The boost of energy experienced by 72% of mums during the summer months means that mums are not only spending more time in the bedroom but also out and about engaging in more outdoor activities on her own or with her family. These outdoor activities and increased levels of exercise releases endorphins which enhances a mum’s sense of wellbeing and overall positivity.
Commenting on the MummyPages sex survey Laura Haugh, Mum-in-Residence for MummyPages said:
“A healthy sex life is one of many important factors in maintaining a healthy relationship, alongside other factors like good communication, being caring towards one another and actively parenting together.”
“It’s completely natural for a mum to experience an increase or decrease in her sex drive. A person’s sex drives changes constantly over the course of a lifetime but never more so than in those early years of having children. Managing a career, a busy household and looking after young children can leave parents physically and mentally exhausted which doesn’t leave them with much time for themselves or each other.”
“The summer months bring longer and brighter evenings. The constant tiredness experienced by many of our mums seems easier to cope with and they feel more energetic and more positive. Of course, the start of summer also says goodbye to strict school and morning routines and instead mums look forward to a family holiday and a chance to spend more quality time together.”
“Factors such as the changing weather, seasons and daylight saving hours all affect the bedtime behaviour of mums. Seasonal Affective Disorder is also more common in women during their prime childbirth years from age 20-40 years. This type of depression caused by lack of exposure to light typically begins in October or November, subsiding in March or April. Its side effects are not only a loss of sex drive but also decreased energy levels, tiredness, sadness and anxiety, weight gain, and difficulty in concentrating and accomplishing tasks. SAD should not be underestimated.”