While an existing research suggests that, young couples should have sex at least once a week for a long and disease free life ahead, a latest study led by a group of researchers from Oxford University and Coventry University has claimed that being active between the sheets and regular lovemaking in old age also make people smarter.
The study, published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences was conducted on 73 people aged between 50 to 83 and showed that having sex more often as you get older can work wonders for brain function.
The group of people had gone through a series of high-class experiments which is typically used to measure different patterns of brain function in older adults, focusing on attention, memory, fluency, language and visuospatial ability.
After these year-long process scientists came to a conclusion and revealed the advantages of some action between the sheets.
"We can only speculate whether this is driven by social or physical elements – but an area we would like to research further is the biological mechanisms that may influence this," lead researcher Dr Hayley Wright, from Coventry University’s Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement was quoted while interacting with reporters.
"Every time we do another piece of research we are getting a little bit closer to understanding why this association exists at all, what the underlying mechanisms are, and whether there is a 'cause and effect’ relationship between sexual activity and cognitive function in older people," Wright added.
"People don't like to think that older people have sex – but we need to challenge this conception at a societal level and look at what impact sexual activity can have on those aged 50 and over, beyond the known effects on sexual health and general wellbeing," she said.