Does Masturbation Affect Concentration?

Have you ever had a high-priority task that needs to get done but somehow you still end up masturbating? Let’s find out whether that masturbation break is helping your work ethic, or is something to reconsider when trying to get your work done.


Why Do We Masturbate When Trying to Focus?

When something requires our focus, it is usually a task with a deadline that needs to be done efficiently and properly. Because of these standards we are trying to live up to, focusing on the task at hand can be a stressful endeavor.

As we discussed in a previous TENGA Blog, masturbation can be an effective method of relieving stress, and relieving stress is a positive step in the right direction of being able to focus on the task at hand.

There are a number of common stress-relieving techniques, some good, some bad, such as meditation, exercise, or stress eating, but masturbating remains one of the quickest, simplest, and most enjoyable ways to relieve a bit of stress during a demanding time.

So why is masturbating when stressed about concentrating on something a good option? By counteracting cortisol, the “stress hormone” in our body, it’s natural to rely on the rush of positive emotions that masturbation brings when feeling anxious.

Our Brain on Masturbation

There are several chemical processes occurring in our brain when masturbating that are likely the reason it is helpful when focusing on and completing tasks.

Dopamine, oxytocin, prolactin, serotonin, testosterone, endorphins, endocannabinoids, norepinephrine/noradrenaline, and adrenaline are released during masturbation and have effects on our hormones, mood, and stamina.

With dopamine helping motivation, testosterone boosting stamina, and endocannabinoids regulating distracting negative emotions, masturbation can do a lot to help productivity.

Dopamine is especially important here, as it has been proven to motivate people to perform tasks.

For a full overview of this topic, check out our TENGA Blog “What Happens to Your Brain When You Masturbate?

Is Masturbation a Good Focus Tool?

Whether masturbating by hand or using one of our many TENGA products, masturbation is a simple way to release a number of hormones and neurotransmitters that can lower our stress and improve the chances of focusing on our tasks and accomplishing our goals.

While “procrasturbating” has become common terminology for using masturbation to procrastinate, by observing the positive effects a masturbation session can have on your focus it is clear that “procrasturbating” may be an efficient work strategy.

In the West, we often refer to the clear headspace we achieve after ejaculation as “post-nut clarity.” If we’re aware that there is a clarity we can achieve by masturbating, why not use masturbation to reach the clarity levels necessary to get our work done?

This idea is not distinct to the West, as in TENGA’s home of Japan this is referred to as “賢者タイム” or “sage time,” as the clearness of mind we achieve after masturbation is like that of a sage in meditation.


Lack of concentration can be traced to a number of negative physical and mental factors such as pain, stress, or a bad mood.

Because masturbation has shown to relieve distracting cramps and pains as well as reduce stress levels, a masturbation break should be regarded highly when considering how to improve concentration.

So next time you find yourself “procrasturbating,” no need to feel bad about the time lost as your mind and body will thank you for the focus boost! Just be sure to get your work done and be responsible about your masturbation habits, as we detailed in this previous TENGA blog about excessive masturbation.

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