Being young at heart may be the key to good sex, according to a new study published in the Journal of Sex.

University of Waterloo researchers analyzed attitudes toward sex and aging among a group of 1,170 adults from their mid-40s to their mid-70s over a period of a decade. They found that the closer people felt to their actual age, the lower their quality of sex.  

“What was clear from the data is that feeling younger had a huge impact on how people felt about the quality of their sex life and how interested they were in having sex,” said Steven Mock of the University of Waterloo.

“For people in mid to later life, feeling young at heart actually appears to make a difference in the bedroom.”

It's not all about channeling a younger, more studly version of yourself, however. Interestingly enough, the study found good quality sex was less about feeling young and more about not feeling old.

“It’s important to consider all of the different psychosocial and biological factors that might influence a person’s sexuality,” said head researcher Amy Estill. “While feeling younger didn’t have an impact on how much sex people were having, it was quite clear that feeling older does impact the quality of the sex you’re having.”

h/t Metro.co.uk