You know how whenever two people have an extramarital affair in a movie, they always book a cheap hotel room to commence with all the banging? There’s a few obvious reasons to knock boots at, say, the Hampton Inn. If you’re cheating on your partner, you probably shouldn’t do it in his or her bed. And besides, the Hampton Inn has a gnarly breakfast buffet.
But it turns out fictional philanderers—and real-life adulterers—are onto something greater: sex is just plain better in hotels than it is at home, according to researchers.
That’s because whenever you’re in a new place, your brain produces loads of dopamine, the feel-good neurochemical that affects your moods. (The same chemical also gets released when you work out, drink alcohol, snort cocaine, eat chocolate and listen to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”) The more you deviate from your regular routine, the more you boost your sex life—a psychological concept called “self-expansion,” according to Amy Muise, a psychology professor at York University in Canada. “It’s about doing things outside the bedroom that enhance desire and closeness, which tends to lead to a greater likelihood of (and better) sex,” Muise told The Huffington Post.
Plus, hotels are associated with vacations, which automatically make you feel more relaxed. And the less stressed you are, the hornier you are. “For sexual arousal to occur, especially in women, parts of the brain associated with anxiety and stress need to turn off,” sex counselor Ian Karner. Talk about enjoying your stay.