Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Not Tonight, Dear. I’m Too Stressed Out.

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While many people see romance as a stress reliever, too much workaday strain may hurt your love life, a new study suggests.

People who report higher levels of day-to-day stress also report less sexual activity, says a study in the latest issue of Journal of Family Psychology.  Stressed-out subjects also reported less overall satisfaction with their relationships with romantic partners, says the study.

The study is unusual in looking at the impact of ordinary day-to-day hassles on people’s sex lives over an extended period; previous research has tended to focus on the impact of bigger stressors, such as combat trauma. Researchers at the University of Zurich and the University of Washington tracked 103 female students in committed romantic relationships over three months, during a period before a major exam that would determine their academic fate.

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