Getting it on often at home should be a priority if you want to make your work life as satisfying as possible says a new study from Oregon State University. The findings reveal that if your work life is suffering, your troubles may not solely originate from a cranky boss or an irritating co-worker, but may be linked to how much nookie you're having with your partner during downtime.

Researchers followed 159 married couples over a two-week period, asking them to fill out two questionnaires each day. They discovered that when couples had sex the night before work, they were in a sunnier mood the next day, performed their job tasks better, and had a more satisfied and fulfilling day at work. The afterglow lasted about 24 hours and still had a powerful effect, no matter the status of the marriage or how well they slept.

“We make jokes about people having a ‘spring in their step,’ but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it,” said study lead Keith Leavitt, Ph.D., an expert in organizational behavior and management at the university. “Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they work for.”

The study also found that when work-related stress was brought back home at the end of the day, it affected how often the couples had sex, setting up a vicious cycle of no sex and bad work performance. “Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy sex life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage,” he said. “Technology offers a temptation to stay plugged in, but it's probably better to unplug if you can…And employers should encourage their employees to completely disengage from work after hours.”

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