Fear of flying shouldn’t hold you back from your wanderlust dreams, you should be free to explore! 

If the idea of getting on a hunk of metal with wings makes your your stomach drop, we may have some good news for you! 

A new scientific study hints sex may be an actual way to cure your flying jitters. 

Most people who fear flying tend those who are already anxious in their everyday lives. 

Other people’s fear of a flight tends to come from a consolidated memory of a bad flight they had previously. 

Some people can just forget about a bad flight, but according to a new study by scientists from MIT, people who are inherently nervous or anxious are more prone to  the chemical serotonin which helps the brain consolidate memories. 

Meaning your brain holds onto a memory of a bad flight and potentially brings it back up as you think about getting on a plane. 

Serotonin has a rapid consolidation effect which essentially helps to stamp a memory onto your brain and while you can take drugs to help slow down and counter the effects of serotonin, why not go the all natural way? 

Veteran airline pilot-turned licensed therapist, Tom Bunn, is a proponent of sex before flights based on the scientific evidence and anecdotal proof from a client of his. 

“I had a male client who said he had a fear of flying for seven years. Every time he flew he was totally miserable, except for one time when, before he came back from a business trip, he hooked up with someone. He said they didn’t get any sleep. They made love all night long and he dragged himself out of bed onto the airplane and had a perfectly anxiety-free flight.” 

READ: Why You Should be Having Sex With the Man You Hate 

But wait! Can sex really cure all? 

The MIT study suggests the best way to battle fear of flying is to keep the negative memories of flying from sticking in the first place. 

The best natural chemical to counteract serotonin, is oxytocin. Oxytocin is produced by nursing mothers, and by people cooing over babies, but more importantly oxytocin is produced before and after a romp in the sheets! 

Oxytocin is produced during foreplay when the chemistry is right between two people,” says Bunn. 

“Think of dating a person you don’t expect to get physical with. Yet, when alone and really connected, you feel your defenses melting, and to your surprise realize, ‘It’s about to happen. That’s oxytocin shutting down the fear system,” according to Bunn. 

So there it is! Post-coital glow could be the answer to unwinding your flying nerves!  

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.