Love In The Afternoon

Is there a time in the day or night which is best for love-making?

Apparently, it’s 3 pm, when most of us are presumably at work. Well…. Having had an office in Paris for many years, I came to realise that professional people, such as lawyers, are always impossible to reach in the early afternoon as they clearly are engaged in sexual activities, when to their wives at home they are deep at work on matters of great importance.


But it seems, so experts now tell us, that this is also the time when men and women are most in tune with each other’s desires. In the afternoon, women have high levels of the hormone Cortisol which helps alertness, and are at their most energetic. Around the same time, men have elevated levels of Oestrogen, making them more emotionally ‘present’ during sex.

Hormone expert Alisa Vitti describes 3 pm as ‘afternoon delight’ saying it was the perfect compromise for both sex’s satisfaction, with men giving women the ‘emotional support’ they crave while still getting plenty of enjoyment.

Ms Vitti, author of The Hormone Guide Woman Code, said that while men sleep, they produce Testosterone, a key hormone in sexual arousal and performance. Levels peak in the early to mid-morning, meaning this is the perfect time for man to have sex.

‘Men are more interested in initiating sex during this window and are more capable of a better sexual response,’ she added. ‘However, the late afternoon is another good time for men to have sex because while their Testosterone levels go down, their Oestrogen levels rise. While this may not seem like a logical set up for satisfaction, given the previous endorsement of Testosterone, the combination actually makes men more emotionally present during sex and better able to focus on a woman’s needs and satisfaction,’ said Ms Vitti. ‘You can see why after “afternoon delight” is a thing.’

She also said the best time of the month to have sex was during the 10 days or so after ovulation, ‘when women experience a surge in Oestrogen and Testosterone that causes their desire to sky rocket.’ She added that at this point women ‘feel way more appreciative of receiving pleasure.’ However, she maintains: ‘the best time for women to get it on, no matter the phase is mid-day to late afternoon. This is when Cortisone is still abundant and energy is high.’

‘The trick to having a truly satisfying sex life is for partners to figure how to synchronise their libidos,’ said Ms Vitti, who calculated that the best compromise between the two sexes is 3 pm.

Unfortunately, being at work at this time of day is likely to prove a challenge for many couples. Previous research has shown that the human body produces a surge in sex hormones and a rush of adrenalin first thing in the morning. Because of this, sex researchers have suggested that it is the best time to procreate.

‘In men, Testosterone peaks around 7am, while you’re both fully rested, with heightened senses,’ said sex therapist Suzie Hayman, adding that women tend to be more tactile and responsive while waking up.

In addition, the average amount of time spent on foreplay almost doubles first thing in the morning, according to a study from Rutgers’ University in the US. This is the time when couples are most likely to have orgasms and conceive, according to research from the University of Modena in Italy.

All this research, which clearly points to 3pm for an ‘afternoon delight’, sounds very feasible. However, men in Paris, or the world over I guess, use this magical hour to engage in illicit love affairs to avoid being caught by their wives. And perhaps women of a sexually free spirit use the same ruse for similar reasons if ‘married’ to a partner?

In sex, everything is permissible as long as the culprit does not get caught with his or her pants down, in which case the establishment’s hypocrisy reveals its most atrocious demeanour.

‘Love in the afternoon’ then becomes flagrante delicto, so a Happy New Year to us all.

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