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Skip out on your usual gym session tonight, and instead put the kids to bed a little early so you can have some “alone time” with your lover. There’s nothing wrong with a little roll in the hay if it can improve your health, right? We know that this healthy distraction can burn some serious calories, but Popsugar tells us what other health benefits come from having sex!

Improve Sleep: The hormone oxytocin increases when you have sex, and the heightened level helps you sleep better. Getting enough sleep is an important part of your overall health, so if you’re having trouble sleeping, sex is the perfect activity before hitting the hay.

Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease: Research has shown that men who have sex two or more times a week cut their risk of developing heart disease (and stroke) in half.

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Relieve Stress: Do yourself a favor and get busy to reduce your blood pressure. The feel-good endorphins released during sex will help you forget about your bad day too.

Live Longer: Women who enjoy sex live longer than women who don’t — an active sex life has been shown to make women feel two to eight years younger. A much better alternative to wrinkle creams!

For more sexy-time health benefits, check out the original article from Popsugar.