Men will try all sorts of different things in the never-ending search for better sex (or "even better sex," as some would put it), and why not? A satisfying sex life has an impact on so many other areas of a man’s life, after all. Now it turns out that something as simple as turning on a light may be one path to better sex. Yes, part of a man’s penis care regimen may include getting a little sunshine (or a sunshine equivalent) to help keep his sex drive in gear.

Time of the season

It’s no secret that people - both men and women - are affected by different seasons. Some people feel happier at one time of year than another, as bodies react to changes in weather, temperature and light. Indeed, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has been identified as a condition in which people feel down or depressed due to the lack of sunlight associated with the shorter days of winter.

See the light

Some scientists recently got together to explore what role a lack of light might have in the sex drives of men. Working at Italy’s University of Siena, they selected 38 men who were diagnosed with having hypoactive sexual desire disorder and/or sexual arousal disorder. In other words, these were men whose sex drives were operating below peak efficiency for them.

The men were divided into two groups. One of the groups received a half hour treatment of a light box which gave out an intense beam of light. The other received a half hour treatment of a much lesser light.

The guys that received the brighter light saw their sexual satisfaction scores increase by three times as much as before they received the treatment. In addition, their testosterone levels went up about 75%. (Testosterone is typically associated with a higher sex drive.)

Nature

People tend to get more sunshine in the longer days of the warmer months than in the shorter days of the winter months - and numerous tests have shown that men’s testosterone levels are higher during these times. So the study is just confirming what Nature has already been telling us - that sunlight is a good way to get better sex. With that in mind, here are some things men may want to do to get more light.

- Take a walk during lunch. If a man has a job that gives him the option, he should make a habit of going for a walk outdoors at lunch, especially on a nice, sunny day.

- Be a sport. Playing golf, tennis, football, croquet - anything that can be done outdoors - can help keep the body exposed to more light.

- Do yardwork. Raking leaves or trimming hedges will make the old homestead look neater and give those testosterone levels a chance to benefit from the sunshine at the same time.

- Use a lamp. High intensity lamps are another way to soak up some artificial sun. But use with caution: some doctors believe overexposure to artificial intense light can be damaging.

Clearly, light alone is not enough to guarantee better sex. It also helps to bone up on positions, techniques, etc. And it’s best to regularly use a top-notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) to make sure the manhood is in its best overall health. When searching for the appropriate crème, be sure it contains both alpha lipoic acid and acetyl L carnitine. Alpha lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant that strikes down free radicals, thereby protecting delicate penis skin from harmful oxidative stress. Acetyl L carnitine is a neuroprotective ingredient that fights peripheral nerve damage to keep penile sensation at the primed level men desire. The two ingredients behave synergistically, so combining both in one crème gives each additional impact.