Masturbation Over Melatonin

Written by: Dr. Joshua Gonzalez

In today’s age, we have a myriad of ways to help us sleep: sound machines, melatonin, prescription drugs, CBD, a handful of cherries, the list goes on. For men, we’ve always had built-in melatonin since the dawn of time: masturbation.  Popstar is here to give the tips (and not just the tip) on how masturbation can help with sleep.


If you are anything like me, there is nothing you want to do more than shower and get in bed at the end of a long day. But our nighttime routines seem to be constantly increasing, delaying our downtime and, ultimately, our sleep. What happens between the shower and actually getting in between the sheets can feel like another 8-hour shift entirely! What was once a simple face wash/teeth brush combo has spiraled into a seemingly never-ending, umpteen-step routine consisting of supplements, skin serums, retinoids, masks, etc. It can be exhausting, and I’m sure the last thing you want to do after a long, tiring day is to add yet another post-shower step. But there is one nighttime routine that you are going to want to set aside time for…masturbation.

The Science of Stroking

Masturbation has been scientifically proven, yes, by scientists, to not only help people fall asleep but achieve a deeper sleep. In a study conducted by The Sleep Foundation, more than 50% of men (and women) say that an orgasm before bed helps them fall and stay asleep.


So why is that? Well, here comes the aforementioned science. When we orgasm, our bodies release a chemical called oxytocin: the love hormone. Oxytocin allows the body to relax and ultimately get drowsy. But that’s not all. An orgasm, even achieved alone, is a menage a trois. When we orgasm, our bodies also release two other chemicals: serotonin and prolactin. Both of these can help achieve a deeper sleep. While serotonin provides a sense of serenity, elevated prolactin levels induce REM sleep. While we flood our basements and our bodies are flooded with these delicious chemicals, we also flush others, like cortisol, out of our system. Because cortisol can contribute to stress and anxiety, decreasing cortisol levels can help alleviate those feelings, helping us sleep.

Cum, Cuddle, Crash

For those not sleeping solo, cumming and cuddling could be the perfect cocktail to help you sleep. Cuddling and prolonged physical touch can have a significant impact on sleep quality as well. Just like an orgasm, cuddling also helps to release oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin, making it the perfect post-orgasm activity to ensure a great night’s sleep.


If you are someone who struggles falling and staying asleep, white noise may not be the answer. The answer may be a simple wank session. Take it from us; you will want to make sure to squeeze one last step into your nighttime routine! After all, an orgasm a day keeps the insomnia at bay.