How Anxiety Affects Sex, Because The Brain & Body Are Connected

It Makes You Tired

Those who have anxiety often report that they have trouble sleeping, which can impact how sexual you feel. “One symptom of anxiety is fatigue, which may be due to poor sleeping habits or insomnia,” Hershenson explains. “Being tired all the time makes the desire to have sex even more difficult.”

It Causes You To Feel Physically Ill

“The physical symptoms of anxiety; restlessness, tension throughout the body, fatigue and stomach distress such a diarrhea or nausea can really interfere with a person’s ability to relax and enjoy sex,” Allen says. I have anxiety when I have to fly in airplanes. In the hours and moments leading up to take off I literally feel sick to my stomach and can’t imagine even thinking about sex.

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