Obviously, you don’t need an excuse to hop in bed and get busy. But sometimes life gets hectic and you end up pushing your pleasure further and further onto the back burner. It happens.

But the benefits of sex go way beyond the pleasures of orgasm. You get a health boost in all sorts of ways from fooling around, from lowering blood pressure to stress reduction. Read on for all the healthy reasons you need to schedule sex tonight. You’re welcome!

  • 1. Creates intimacy: Researchers have found that sex creates intimacy and affection in relationships. The more sex a couple has, the more they feel connected.

    Sex, especially orgasm, releases the bonding hormone oxytocin, which promotes a feeling of well-being and happiness. And you don’t have to act like bunnies to get the benefit; a study of 30,000 Americans over four decades found that sex at least once a week was enough to make people happy.

  • 2. It can be a workout: Looking to reduce weight? Regular sex is the best way to do that. Yes, daily sex is a natural way to burn calories. An average bedroom rodeo burns 85 calories, or 3.6 calories a minute.

  • 3. It relieves headaches: Gettin’ frisky releases a bevy of feel-good chemicals, including serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin. These generate feelings of euphoria, pleasure, and elation — and make people forget all about that nagging headache.

    A 2013 study out of Germany showed that 60 percent of migraine sufferers felt better after knocking boots. For people plagued with cluster headaches, there’s good news too. The same study found that 37 percent of subjects felt better after sexual activity

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. Sex boosts brainpower: Having a hard time remembering names or finding your glasses? Might be time for a tumble. Research suggests that frequent sex may improve memory. Sexual activity stimulates new neuron production in the hippocampus – the region of the brain involved in learning and memory.

    In addition, sex may also enhance cognition. A University of Amsterdam study found that sexual encounters improve our analytical thinking. This boon applies to both men and women.

  • 6. 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.

  • 7. 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.

  • 8. 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!

  • 9. Boost immunity: People who have sex once or twice a week have 30 percent higher levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A, which boosts the immune system and helps fight infections like colds and the flu. Getting down and dirty is just another way to help keep your lover healthy.

  • 10. Makes you look younger: Couples who have intercourse three or more times weekly appear, on average, ten years younger than their chronological age. Yes, you read that right: ten YEARS.

    That fabled “morning after” glow? It’s not just your imagination. You really do look amazing after having sex. This glow is the result of a combination of factors: stress relief, better mood, and the flush of blood under your skin that’s a natural part of the arousal process. So, skip the makeup counter and head straight to the bedroom.

There are numerous health benefits for folks of all ages, genders, and orientations. It turns out, shagging a few times per week is just what the doctor ordered!

So, whether you’re trying to halt a headache in its tracks or get solid sleep tonight, the perks of bedroom fun are many. Think of sex as a prescription for good health — your mind and body will thank you for it.