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Too Tired To Have Sex? Read ThisÖ
Is, "Iím too tired" the new, "Iíve got a headache?"

It's important to know if you're using exhaustion as an excuse or if you really are tired.

Research proves couples who schedule sex have more sex that is mutually satisfying.”
People are busy. Somehow we mange to get through each day even though we're stretched for time, overworked and tired. Itís not surprising then that being tired is getting in the way of people having good sex on a regular basisóbut not in the way you might think. A big couple conundrum and question to me is, "How can we want sex when weíre always so tired?"

My response follows something along the lines of, "Usually itís not being tired that is preventing you from wanting sex."

An inevitable long and cold silence, followed with a brisk and defensive, "You donít think being tired plays havoc on peopleís sex lives?"

I respond with, "I think exhaustion is very real and a big concern for couples. No doubt, there are many times when a couple is too tired to have sex. Generally though, being tired shouldnít equate to a personís motivation to have sex (a.k.a. sexual desire)."

The problem with blaming, "Weíre just too tired" for passing on sex is that it usually covers for other things that have gone wrong in the bedroom: lack of communication, build up of resentment, boring sex, the list goes on and on. Itís easier for a couple to sidestep a huge argument(s) by not opening that Pandoraís box. Agreeing that they are too tired becomes an easy salve on a big wound; however after only a short while this excuse stops working.

In fact, many men and women have confessed that saying, "Iím too tired" has become a bad habitóthey say it before they really think about whether they are tired or not.

Not to rub salt in a weíre-not-having-enough-sex-wound, but I know plenty of couples who have great sex livesóexhausted or not. In fact, they have more sex when they are tired because itís their way of relaxing and feeling goodógiven sex can flood the brain with wonderful, endorphins, oxytocin and so on.

Instead of focusing on a "symptom" of being exhausted, couples need to look at the bigger picture of how they are having sex. They also need to wrap their heads around creating more realistic expectations on what is doable for their present lifestyle and schedule.

Sex, like everything else in life, has its ebbs and flows. Sometimes there will be periods of upheavals and it will be sex once a month. During calm periods, they can easily have sex once a week (if thatís their frequency preference). Sometimes, albeit not often, they will look each other in the eyes and want rip each otherís clothes off.

It all starts with a heart-to-heart talk outside the bedroom like, "This is our extremely busy situation for the next six months. What can we do sexually and/ or to stay connected even if we arenít having as much sex as weíd like?"

If youíre dealing more with the daily grind of life, scheduling sex is the easiest way for a couple to keep their sex life on the radar. It may not seem romantic and a couple usually feels like failures because they can no longer have spontaneous sex, however, chances are if they donít schedule sex itís not going to happen.

The upside to scheduling is it takes away any negative feelings of who is going to initiate sex and walking around on egg shells wondering if "tonight is the night when Iíll have to have sex." Research proves couples who schedule sex have more sex that is mutually satisfying.

So the next time the words, "Iím too tired" come out of your mouth as they relate to sex, think about how they are affecting your sex life overall. If you truly are too tired all the time, then maybe itís time to get some balance in your life. After all, we can only hold our partner at armís length for so long before the relationship starts to suffer.

Dr. Trina Read has a doctorate in human sexuality. Dr. Read is also an international speaker and offers free sex tips on her website www.bestsextipsever.com. To order her book, "Til Sex Do Us Part," click here.

You can also hear more from Dr. Trina Read on the Hitched Podcast.

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