Music improves experience in the bedroom

Shay Rego

Editor’s Note: The views expressed in the following column are those of the writer only and do not necessarily represent the views of The Collegian or its editorial board.

Everyone wants to be a freak in the sheets and give their partner total pleasure. Something as simple as putting on some music can really spice up the mood in the bedroom and improve performance and results.

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There is plenty of evidence that supports a significant positive correlation between music and sex for various reasons. Neuropsychologist Dr. Rhonda Freeman said music affects three parts of the brain – the pleasure system, the bonding system and the limbic system for processing emotions.

One psychological reason is that pleasure as a result of sex and stimulating the brain with good music causes the same chemical reaction.

 According to Neuropsychologist Dr. Rhonda Freeman music affects three parts of the brain – the pleasure system, the bonding system and the limbic system for processing emotions.

A study published in the journal Scientific Reports showed that researchers concluded opioids were released both while listening to a good tune, the same reward pathway for enjoying sexual pleasure in the brain.

McGill University also posted a study on how music prompts your brain to release dopamine, our “feel good” chemical, which also occurs during sex. So music and sex at the same time can maximize the chemical’s use.

In more simple terms, this means you’re both receiving the best pleasure possible. Why settle for less when you can have the best.

Another reason for this correlation lies in the human psyche. Music is the most popular aphrodisiac among couples at just over 30 percent. However, music choice must be specific. There is a right and wrong rhythm and melody for sexy-time music.

Psychologically, the body responds more positively to deep bass. The most popular genres is R&B, rock and pop. I’m sure Marvin Gaye himself would agree.

Listening to music aloud helps bond couples together. A study done by Sonos showed that 67 percent of couples who listen to music together report having more sex than couples who don’t listen to music together.

When listening to music aloud, you and your partner’s neurons start operating at the same rate which releases oxytocin, the love hormone. This mixed with all that dopamine release means feel-good vibes all around.

Other psychological reasons show that music helps improve our focus on the task at hand during physical exercise. This means that listening to music while having sex will increase our focus on the physical sensations we put out and receive while eliminating distractions. No more distractions mean less fatigue caused during physical exercise and improved intensity.

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Research also shows that 18 percent of couples drop the L-word during sex when music is involved. Good or bad, you decide.

Music during sex brings many benefits to the bedroom. It allows you to last longer, feel less tired and be hypersensitive to the sensations physically and emotionally. Science has approved this message.

If you haven’t before, try experimenting with a good sex playlist. You could be surprised by the heightened physical and emotional senses caused by some groovy tunes. Check out Spotify for some songs your partner can get down on, if you know what I mean.

Shay Rego can be reached at letters@collegian.com or on Twitter at @shay_rego.