Why we want to have more sex when it’s cold outside

Couple kiss under white duvet. New survey has revealed people are more likely to have sex when it's cold outside. (Getty Images)
People are more likely to have sex when it's cold outside, a new survey has found. (Getty Images)

Cold weather is synonymous with cosying up with a blanket and a hot cup of tea, but did you know that cold weather also equates to more sex?

A new survey has found that over half of both men (62%) and women (58%) say they feel 'hornier' during the cooler months compared to summertime.

Additionally, three-quarters of couples (74%) say they spend more time in bed during the winter months which they say makes sex more likely.

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According to the survey of 2,000 adults by IllicitEncounters.com, snow can even act as an aphrodisiac for 32% of respondents, as it feels romantic and makes them feel closer to their partner.

While some people are getting more action from their partners, others may be getting less as the survey also found that affairs spike during the winter months.

Nearly two-thirds (62%) of the male respondents said they are more likely to have an affair during the winter months while 58% of women said the same.

Arms of man and woman in bed. (Getty)
Affairs are more likely to occur during the cooler months. (Getty Images)

Yet, this wasn’t due to the cold weather but the fact that December means more parties and more access to booze, something that 67% of men and 62% of women admitted was a factor as to why they cheated.

Christmas parties were also cited as a reason for the cheating itself, as 42% of men and 41% of women said socialising more with others was more likely to lead to an affair.

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In fact, according to the affairs site, 2022 has been the busiest year in its two decades of operation, with an 18% rise in affairs this year.

It cites a reaction to coming out of pandemic lockdowns as a possible reason for the increase in cheating, as “cheaters return to their old ways and seek new partners”.

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“It is very much a case of season’s cheating at this time of year because most of us desire sex more when the weather is cold and affairs rocket, too,” Jessica Leoni, sex and relationship expert with IllicitEncounters, said.

“Heat in the summer can make us feel lethargic and sleepy whereas the cold brings us close together in the evenings in front of the TV and at bedtime when we cuddle up. Making love is the most natural way in the world to stay warm in this bitter weather.”

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