The Craving Guys Have at 9 PM
According to doctors, men naturally get grouchy at this hour ( blame biology) and yearn for a certain type of attention to pull them out of their funk. We fill you in.
You could call it the witching hour: around 9 o’clock in the evening, many men suddenly feel testy. It turns out, it’s due to a sneaky effect early evening activities can have on a man’s hormones, say experts. Let us explain: on some nights, a guy might meet friends for a beer or two post- work. Maybe he then grabs a couple of slices of pizza and a cola, or he heads home to eat with you, then scarfs down When a guy’s testosterone dips, it’s surprisingly not sex he’s after to make him chill and feel better, according to Dr Amen. Your moody dude is actually craving pure affection, though nothing overly fussy or mushy. “Men need quiet to relax and reset,” says Diana Kirschner, Ph. D., a relationship therapist and author of Sealing the Deal. So you’ve got a couple of choices. If you don’t want to deal with his grouchiness, just head to another room.
But if you were looking forward to time with him and are feeling generous, what works best is lowkey physical attention that will coax him out of his funk. And it’s cookies for dessert.
“What happens is the stuff he’s eaten over the course of time turns to sugar— alcohol, carbs, and obviously any dessert— causing his testosterone, which is already fluctuating, to drop by up to 25 percent,” says Daniel Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. “And that hormonal plummet sends his mood into a downward spiral.” Why 9 pm? “It takes some time for the booze and food to be broken down, so if he’s eating and drinking around 7, he’ll feel the hit about two hours later,” explains Dr Amen. something that you won’t mind doing ( who wants to dote on a dude who’s being a total drag?) A head scratch is the move to help him shake it off, says Ian Kerner, a sex therapist and author of Passionista: The Empowered Woman’s Guide To Pleasuring a Man. “It feels good and is extremely relaxing, thanks to the many, many nerve endings in the scalp. Plus, it’s a genuinely affectionate touch without being overly solicitous.”
There are a few ways to give a great scalp massage, and you’ll have to experiment to see which one he likes best. One tactic is to plant five fingers at his front hairline and pull back towards the nape of his neck. As you reach the bottom, start over with your other hand, so there’s continual motion on his scalp.
Another technique that will help to energise him: use your fingernails on both hands to make small circles all around the top of his head. According to massage therapists, that movement awakens the nerve endings. Then move near his ears and run your fingers down behind them, giving his lobes a quick squeeze.
Finally, if your man is the type to get headaches when he’s down, start at his temples. With your pointer and middle fingers, apply medium pressure and zigzag them back until you reach his crown. Then massage the spot where his neck meets his head, and repeat. And once he is feeling better, you’re totally allowed to ask for a rubbing of your own.
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