We usually think of sex as a physical experience, but it’s good for your mind as well. A recent study found that regular sexual activity not only allows for neurogenesis, or the creation of new neurons in the brain, but also improves cognitive function, potentially  helping us think more clearly.

Other research found that people who engage in more regular sexual activity score higher on tests that measure verbal fluency and perception skills.

And, finally, if you need a little help performing, Viagra can not only help with that, but researchers have seen evidence to suggest that taking the popular sexual-enhancement drug could cut one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s by two-thirds. 

Sexual activity (with a partner or by yourself) offers other benefits: 

  • Like any physical activity, sex improves circulation and brings oxygen to the brain. Studies show that active adults are less likely to experience a decline in mental function and have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Physical activity also tends to counter some of the natural pruning of brain connections that comes with aging

  • Sex triggers the brain’s release of feel-good chemicals. Endorphins, released after physical exertion, relieve stress and help you relax. Dopamine, released when we do things we enjoy, is crucial to the brain’s reward center. And oxytocin, often referred to as “the love hormone,” creates a feeling of euphoria and a sense of connection. 

  • People who have sex regularly have reduced levels of anxiety, and that itself can improve mental focus. 

  • And if you’re short on memory-boosting sleep, reach for your lover, not a screen. A recent study found that both men and women notice they fall asleep faster and sleep better after an orgasm.