A great new method to prepare for a test or a big presentation… have sex.
A study about blood pressure recently used blood pressure as a measure of stress responses during public speaking or challenging math problems situations that often elicit stress. It was found that those who had recently had intercourse tended to have either lower baseline blood pressures, less of a blood pressure rise during stressful events, or both. These findings suggest that having sex can lead to less of a stress response during challenging situations, which is a good thing.
Along those same lines, another study looked at women’s heart rate as a measure of stress response, and found that women exhibited less of a stress response after ‘positive physical contact’ with a partner. Emotional support alone didn’t have the same effect.