Ooh, la, la… La petite mort

The French call it la petite mort, while we know ‘the little death’ more plainly as the moment of deep sleep-inducing relaxation experienced straight after orgasm.

Sex has a well-earned reputation for triggering the onset of sleep. As a physical act most often performed at night when in bed, it’s perhaps no surprise that the exertion of making love leaves us inclined to having a nap.

What may be more interesting is the effect sex has on men’s brains. Following orgasm, a man will experience a serene sensation due to the release of the hormones oxytocin and prolactin, making them prone to drifting off into la petite mort.

Ooh, La, La … La Petite Mort
Ooh, La, La … La Petite Mort