Gena Kaufman, Glamour magazine
If you're one of the 50% of Americans that aren't satisfied with their sex life, we need to work on that, am I right?
We all know it's pretty common for your sex life to dwindle a bit as you get older, busier or are in a relationship for a long amount of time. But you don't have to settle for nothing but occasional and/or exhausted sex. Over at Everyday Health, there's a helpful list of 11 reasons you might be too worn out for sex and what you can do to help the situation. Below are four I'm guessing are common for a lot of us, plus a few extra Smitten tips on dealing with the issues.
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Problem #1: You have relationship problems. According to the article, avoidance of relationship issues is a leading cause of being too exhausted for sex.
The Fix: Talk out your issues and you'll feel closer. Remember this during tense moments to keep you focused on healing.
Problem #2: You're bored. Sometimes life, and even sex, gets too routine.
The Fix: The Everyday Health experts recommend getting passionate about something else, like cooking or reading, and it might translate to the bedroom. Awesome idea, but might I also suggest one of our many, many sex tips to get you out of your routine?
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Problem #3: You're obsessed with TV. I get it: too many shows, too little time. I'm three episodes behind on Mad Men and keep seeing spoilers, dang it.
The Fix: I totally agree with what the article says: no TV in the bedroom, and make before bedtime a time for cuddling, not zoning out. Try making a sweet bedtime ritual (like the Obamas!) that doesn't involve the telly.
Problem #4: You're overbooked. Aside from all that TV, you might be juggling a job, school, friends, kids, volunteer work, a second job, etc.
The Fix: You have to make your relationship a priority, and sex is a part of that. Your schedule is hard to handle, but you've got to cut something back to allow yourself at least a little time. Make for some "Me Time" and some "Us Time" too.
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Have you ever experienced any of these problems? These are common lifestyle problems, but for some people, it may go beyond that. There are also several medical issues that could be affecting your sex life, such as heart disease, depression or chronic fatigue syndrome. Check out the full list on Everyday Health for tips on spotting these problems and how to deal with them, from medical experts (we know I'm not that good at science).
Have you felt too tired for sex lately? What are your tips for dealing with these problems? Do you follow any of the advice above?