Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? More Questions You’d Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Whiskey Sour

Date Tue, April 17 2018

After using Scribd for a bit, I got a few suggestions, and Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? is one of them. I didn’t know anything about this book, but the description made it at least sound like interesting subject matter.

Did the mega-bestselling Why Do Men Have Nipples? exhaust your curiosity about stuff odd, icky, kinky, noxious, libidinous, or just plain embarrassing? No, you say? Well, good, because the doctor and his able-bodied buddy are in! Again! Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg, M.D., now take on the differences between the sexes—those burning questions like Why doesn’t my husband ever listen? or Why does my wife ALWAYS have to pee? And of course, Why do men fall asleep after sex?, plus plenty of others to keep you fully informed.

Full of smart and funny answers to an onslaught of new questions, all in a do-ask-we’ll-tell spirit that entertain and teaches you something at the same time, Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? offers the real lowdown on everything everyone wants to know about all things anatomical, medical, sexual, nutritional, animal, and mineral, but would only ask a physician after a few too many, like:

• Why do you have a “bionic” sense of smell when you’re pregnant?

• Does peeing in the shower cure athlete’s foot?

• Is a dog’s mouth clean?

• Can you breastfeed with fake boobs?

• Does thumb sucking cause buckteeth?

• Do your eyebrows grow back if shaved?

Bigger, funnier, and better than ever, Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? proves that in the battle of the sexes, as in most things, a little Q&A is a safe, effective, minimally invasive remedy.

Had I taken a second more, I might have seen that this book is listed as a medical/humor book. Interesting combination.

I might also have learned that this is the followup book. The pair, Leyner (author) and Billy Goldberg (consulting medical doctor), worked together for Why Do Men Have Nipples? Ostensibly, these two books are similar. But I’ve only read this one, and “read” is a misnomer since I listened to Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? as an audiobook. The audiobook is read by Leyner himself, something of an anomaly when it comes to audiobooks.

why do men fall asleep after sex bookThe format of Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? is simply Q&A style. Leyner tackles common questions and urban myths. If you want to know what that line down a pregnant woman’s belly is, you’ll learn. You’ll find out if it’s true that men should abstain from sex/ejaculating before a big sports event.

Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? is split into themed chapters such as the one about pregnancy or the one about sex/relationships. It’s a bit difficult to determine how many questions are in each chapter because each question is listed as its own digital “chapter” with Scribd. This is actually a convenient way to listen to them, though.

There are 200 segments, which leaves you will over 190 questions once you ignore introductions and the eBook info. Despite this, the book is only a few hours long, shorter than some I’ve recently listened to. I’ve also sped this up by listening as 2X speed, which you can do quite easily with Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? 

As you can guess, no question is answered in too much depth. You get, at most, a few paragraphs of information for each chapter. Many questions are answered in around 60 chapters, which is even less info. Leyner sought to pad out this book with extraneous info. He includes back-and-forth IM or email snippets with Goldberg. I am not sure if Leyner did something similar with the original book, but it does not translate well to an audiobook. Yet, you can tell that Leyner is amused as he remembers and retells this story as narrator of his own story (it’s a bit difficult to ascertain who writes what with the audiobook, but some of the anecdotes come from the POV of the doctor). To be honest. I skipped right through those exchanges, which was easy enough because they are mostly placed after any question has been asked as filler (I also skipped over a few sections because I was already familiar with the content, occasionally wondering if the answers weren’t common enough knowledge for Leyner to have skipped putting in the book).

Furthermore, you learn in the beginning of this book that this duo now works together to provide counseling services, and there are several stories about their clients and sessions. Many of anecdotes include stories that I can only hope are exaggerated or entirely falsified. You see, Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? reads more like a work by a radio DJ than a legitimate author. Don’t get me wrong, it’s entertaining. It’s just as easily annoying as it is entertaining.

I think this is because it was published in 2006. Now, that might not seem that long ago, but Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? just seems a little dated. Remember that DJ persona that Leyner adopts? It’s not entirely offensive, but it’s definitely not PC. He falls back on stereotypes about the genders, for example, perhaps ironic given that this book seems intent on busting some myths that have remained steadfastly rooted in the public conscious.

Again, you can tell Leyner thinks he is funny, and he sometimes sounds so smug or self-assured about it. Had I listened to this book when it first came out, I likely would not have been as annoyed or perhaps even aware of these things. But it’s 2018, and I am a different person. So is the world at large. I find it difficult to believe that Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? would be easily published as-is in the modern day. But perhaps I am wrong.

Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex? certainly does seem to reflect the brevity of modern times. You can easily imagine reading the questions ans answers on a blog (come to think of it, I haven’t check that they aren’t!). This sort of format is always a quick snack to whet your appetite, even when it’s done a little better and with more context (as in What If?). I suppose I feel about this book the way it content presents itself: as filler. I don’t regret reading it, but it’s mostly a palate cleanser before I move on to something a bit more engaging and memorable. If you need something to read or listen to while you commute or wait in the doctor’s office, you could do worse. But you could also do better.

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