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Britons should be encouraged to have sex or masturbate in lockdown to be happy, researchers say

British people should be encouraged to have sex or masturbate to counteract the damaging effects of lockdown on mental health, experts say.

Researchers surveyed nearly 900 adults in the UK about their sexual activity during the height of the Covid-19 crisis.

Nearly 40 percent admitted to having sex, masturbating, stroking, or stroking at least once a week.

People who stayed in isolation longer were more likely to be sexually active, probably because they were more bored, the academics said.

And women were more than three times less likely than men to engage in intimate acts – alone or with others.

Experts claimed that maintaining an active sex life could mitigate some of the “potential ill effects” of isolation during the pandemic.

And they say that those whose sex lives have flopped should be focused but have not explained how.

Scientists said that sex has an “abundance of physical and mental health benefits,” and may even help reduce the risk of serious illness.

Sex and masturbation can help relieve anxiety, which has doubled among adolescents during the pandemic, according to research.

British should be encouraged to have sex or masturbate to counteract the damaging effects of lockdown on mental health, researchers say (stock)

British should be encouraged to have sex or masturbate to counteract the damaging effects of lockdown on mental health, researchers say (stock)

The team of researchers from France, Britain, and Austria said lockdown has given some people more opportunity to engage in sexual activities.

They theorized that people have more time to be intimate with their partner because people are less busy – for example, commute less often -.

But for other people – those who are single or not living with a partner – there may be a lack of motivation to remain sexually active.

The researchers said that dating apps like Tinder – which people often use to meet others who want casual sex – would be used less during the pandemic.

Inviting people into your home was banned from March 23 under lockdown rules to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The rules have relaxed somewhat since then, with British now having other people in the house who can stay overnight.

WHY IS SEX GOOD FOR YOU?

A study of 1,046 men and 1,158 women (aged 57 to 85) living in the U.S. conducted by Michigan State University and published in 2016 indicated that the frequency and quality of sex is protected against heart attacks later in life.

In another U.S. study, by the University of South Florida Tampa and published in 2015, 22 self-reported health problems were assessed in relation to sexual inactivity in 22,654 participants age 55 and older.

It was found that sexual inactivity was significantly related to cancer, bladder / bowl problems, major surgery, poor vision, mental and cardiovascular disease and the risk factors including diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

Additional links have been found to sexual inactivity – including hearing loss and dementia for men and skin disorders, joint problems, bones or back, stomach problems and gum disease in women.

Overall, these results indicate that sexual activity can be an important activity in maintaining physical health.

But it has also been shown that more sex is related to mental health. Frequent sexual activity has been associated in several studies with increased enjoyment of life, quality of life, well-being and cognitive function.

There is no clear evidence to date suggesting that sex or masturbation would help curb negative feelings during Covid-19, but there are health benefits in general.

“A frequent and hassle-free sex life is associated with an abundance of physical and mental health benefits,” lead researcher Dr. Louis Jacob of the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, wrote in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

“Interventions to promote health and well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic should consider positive sexual health messages in mitigating the adverse health effects associated with self-isolation / social distance.”

Research in the US has shown that people who have more sex have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol and mental illness. The reasons for this have been attributed to less stress hormones, a stronger immune system and emotional bonds with a partner.

“Interventions to promote sexual activity … should target people with the lowest levels of sexual activity,” Dr. Jacob and colleagues from Anglia Ruskin University.

This would include women, older people and single people, according to the survey of adults of all ages.

Factors related to increased sexual activity included being male, younger, married, or in a relationship, consuming alcohol, and the number of days you isolated yourself indoors.

Men masturbated or had sex an average of 3.2 times a week, compared to 0.88 in women. The general average was 1.7 times a week.

Sexual activity increased significantly from 33.5 percent in people who were self-isolated for five days to 47 percent in people who were themselves isolated for 11 days.

The authors said possible strategies for getting a wider range of Britons to have more sex are “beyond the scope of this article.”

But they suggested promoting the NHS sexual health website as a known source of information, especially for older people.

It explains the benefits of sex, including that “masturbation is a normal, healthy part of human sexuality.”

Lockdown has driven millions into their homes without anyone else to deal with, which can be detrimental to some people’s mental health.

The World Health Organization has recognized that social distancing and isolation can cause people to become more anxious, angry, more stressed, agitated and withdrawn.

The mental consequences of lockdown have been investigated and have revealed some worrying changes in some population groups.

The Office for National Statistics has found a group of ‘lockdown lonely’ in the UK population, who are often young, single or divorced and renting.

The survey of more than 5,500 people found that 14.3 percent of the population – or 7.4 million people – have become lonely in the past seven days.

Half of adults under 25 reported loneliness. The rate, on the other hand, was only 24 percent among adults ages 55 to 69, according to the results published on June 8.

Half of the singles, widowers, separated or separated from a partner felt lonely while locked up, compared to only 16.5 percent of the people living with their partner.

According to researchers at the University of Bristol, youth anxiety rates have doubled during the coronavirus pandemic.

They analyzed data from more than 3,000 British people and found that a quarter of people under the age of 28 suspected an anxiety disorder during the crisis, compared to 13 percent pre-pandemic.

But the researchers found that depression actually dropped from 24 percent to 18 percent.

Living alone during the pandemic was associated with higher depression, but not with higher anxiety.

The uncertainty and sudden change in daily life, as well as health concerns, may explain why anxiety rather than depression has initially increased.

It followed a warning from Cambridge University that denying young people social interaction could cause mental health problems later in life.

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