Too Tired, Sick Are the Most Common Reasons, Poll Shows
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Being tired or needing sleep are the top reasons for
skipping sex, a new poll shows.
The national poll, conducted by phone in January by the Consumer Reports
National Research Center, included 1,000 adults 18-75. Women made up 52%
of the group. Most participants, 57%, were married or living with a
partner, and 48% have kids younger than 18 living at home.
Most participants, 81%, said they sometimes avoided sex last year. Here
are their top five reasons for not having sex, along with the percentage
of participants who chose that reason (they could choose more than one
reason for not having sex):
1. Too tired or need sleep: 53%
2. Not feeling well or health reasons: 49%
3. Not in the mood: 40%
4. Taking care of children and/or pets: 30%
5. Work: 29%
The flagging economy wasn't one of their reasons. Of the 595
participants who reported being sexually active in 2008, 78% said that
the economy hadn't affected how often they have sex.