Ho ho ho: Sex helps reduce stress

Why we're all jumping into (Santa's) sack this silly season...

By Kimberlee Oo

If you're skipping the mistletoe this Christmas and jumping straight into the sack… you're not alone. A recent study has revealed that 77 per cent of Australians relieve their festive frustrations by getting jolly with it in the bedroom.

According to the Bupa Stress Study 2011, many find Christmas not only a time of joy, but also a time of stress - with Christmas presents to be bought, entertaining to be done and work to be finished. So how best to relieve the pressure? Apparently the stress-busting benefits of sex help with mounting anxiety. Not surprisingly 81 per cent are advocates of this trend… and 73 per cent of women around the country also agree. So what does sex have to do with stress? According to Bupa's Head of Clinical Advisory, Dr Stan Goldstein, "Sex can provide health benefits including increased levels of endorphins, which help to reduce feelings of stress." So swap presents under the tree to under the sheets this holiday season. Question is: have you been naughty or nice?