Getting in between the sheets may not only be good for your well-being, it may in fact get you a pay rise, a new study suggests.
According to a researcher at Anglia Ruskin University, people who have sex more than four times a week receive higher wages than their fellow sexually-inactive employees.
The study goes on to claim that an absence of sex can even have a serious impact on a person’s mental health.
Dr Nick Drydakis, a senior economics lecturer at the University, said: “Sexual activity seems to be correlated with good health, happiness and personality characteristics which all of them increase wages. The research was carried out using data from 75,000 people between the ages of 26 and 50.
Participants, who consisted of both straight and gay couples, were asked about their health, sexual activity, employment status and earnings.
Dr Drydakis discovered people who have sex more than four times a week earn five per cent more than those who have sex less than four times a week, regardless of their education and profession.
At the other end of the scale, people who did not have sex at all were found to earn three per cent less than those who are sexually active.
The research cited that people have basic needs, including food, drink and sex, which need to fulfilled.
It went on to say: “If basic needs are not satisfied, human beings cannot function.
“In the absence of these elements, many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and depression that affect their working life.”
The research concluded that “people need to love and be loved (sexually and non-sexually) by others” and an absence of this could impact on their working life.
It suggested “broadly based sexual health education” could be the key to helping people’s health and well-being.
But, Dr Drydakis was unable to give a reason for the link between sexual activity and earnings, though suggested a bigger wage may make a person more attractive to the opposite sex.
He said: “Higher wages may encourage some to adopt more sexually active lives. For instance, higher wages may increase the value and attractiveness of a person on the dating market; higher wages may increase purchase of gifts that are thanked for via sex.”