Brexit has been blamed for a surge in anxiety levels amongst Irish couples, as therapists report an increase in the number of sexless marriages.

Marriage counselors have identified the ever-increasing likelihood of a no-deal Brexit—and its dire implications for the Irish economy—as being a major cause for a rise in sexual anxiety amongst long-term couples.

They've noted that Irish couples are increasingly citing financial worries and concerns over job security after Britain leaves the EU as major factors that have taken a toll on their relationships.

And they said that men, in particular, tend to be most affected – with many too stressed to show intimacy to their partner.

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Tony Moore, who runs Talking Point Counselling in Portlaoise, Co. Laois, said, "Brexit has been awful for relationships, and in many cases is impacting negatively on couples and those with families. It's made people worry about the future more and their job security, and that creates anxiety and depression.

"If someone in a relationship is suffering from anxiety, then he or she will find it difficult to relax and be intimate with their partner.  That's a trend we're seeing more and more."

Moore said it's not just Brexit which is killing off the spark in people's relationships, but also social media and smartphones.

He explained, "Sex is really going out the window.  People are working and commuting long hours, and they tired out when they get home.  If you're feeling really jaded and shattered, it's easier to stick on Game of Thrones, or browse through your phone rather than get intimate with your partner.

"Unfortunately many more couples just can't be bothered to make an effort with one another anymore.  The skills of conversation and seduction are rapidly disappearing.  I've had couples in here who communicate more by texting one another than they do by chatting."

However, Moore stressed that all is not lost for those in rocky relationships -- if both parties are willing to try and rediscover their old spark.

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He added, "It's really not rocket science.  Couples have to find a way to spend time with each other.  They need to set aside some time every week and go out and re-connect.

"My biggest piece of advice to couples who are going out for a drink or a meal or whatever is to turn off their phones."