A new study that was conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Siena, has found that bright daylight-like light may be the answer to increasing sex drive in men leading to even better sexual experiences.
The research found that testosterone levels in men were increased when they were exposed to a bright light – which in turn increased their sexual satisfaction.
For the study, researchers gathered a population of 38 men that had been diagnosed with low libidos. For a period of two weeks, half of the men were put into a room with a light box that emitted bright white light – they spent thirty minutes a day in this room. The other were put into a low-light room for the same period.
At the end of the trial period, the results of the test showed that the men who had spent time in the bright light box room had significantly higher levels of testosterone and the men reported to have had better sexual satisfaction throughout the period.
“Before treatment, both groups averaged a sexual satisfaction score of around two out of 10, but after treatment, the group exposed to the bright light was scoring sexual satisfaction scores of around 6,3 – a more than three-fold increase on the scale we used. In contrast, the control group only showed an average score of around 2,7 after treatment,” said Professor Andrea Fagiolini, lead researcher for the study.
Fagiolini went on further to explain that the use of the light box really does mimic what nature does.
“In the northern hemisphere, the body’s testosterone production naturally declines from November through April, and then rises steadily through spring and summer with a peak in October. You see the effect of this in reproductive rates, with the month of June showing the highest rate of conception,” Fagiolini said.
This study has potentially started the process of researching better ways of treating men that experience low sex drive. Typically, men around the world with a low sex drive are either treated with injections or anti-depressants which present with their own side effects. These side effects could be avoided if it could be proven in a bigger, and even more comprehensive study, that light therapy can be used to treat the lack of sexual desire.
“We’re not yet at the stage where we can recommend this as a clinical treatment. However, if this treatment can be shown to work in a larger study, then light therapy may offer a way forward. It’s a small study, so for the moment, we need to treat it with appropriate caution,” Fagiolini said.
While we wait for a further investigation into the benefits of daylight-mimicking light, maybe you should keep the lights on the next time you’re about to get “naughty” in the bedroom.
These findings were first presented at the annual meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology in Vienna.
Source: The Telegraph