Loss of libido due to lack of sleep
Poor sleep due to snoring and sleep apnea can drastically affect testosterone levels and cause impotence. Unfortunately, men often place such importance on their sexual function that they are reluctant to admit when there is a problem, much less speak to a medical professional about the issue. If more men know that male sexual problems can sometimes be traced back to sleep disorders, more may seek treatment in the future.
There is no doubt that impotence can be an embarrassing problem for men. Although erectile problems are experienced by many men from time to time, impotence can become a major issue when it is continual. In relationships, loss of erectile ability can cause the man to avoid sexual behavior to prevent his problem from being discovered. This can cause serious rifts in a relationship over time. Many people are aware that heart disease, anxiety and endocrine dysfunction can cause impotence, but the connection between sleep deprivation and loss of sex drive is less well known.
A variety of sleep disorders can negatively affect quality of life, including sexual functioning. Whether the problem involves low quantity or poor quality of sleep, testosterone levels are bound to plummet. In fact, recent studies designed to investigate the link between sleep deprivation and loss of sex drive have found that men suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to have low testosterone, reduced libido and a higher risk of impotence.
It’s normal for testosterone levels to slowly drop as a man grows older. However, sleep apnea can cause this drop in testosterone to occur much more quickly, resulting in greater loss of sexual ability at an earlier age. While sleep apnea can strike at any age, it most commonly affects older individuals. This is especially true of older adults, who have a softer throat lining that is more prone to collapse during sleep, compared to younger individuals. When testosterone drops due to sleep apnea in later life, it can compound the hormonal changes that normally occur during this time.
When a man has sleep apnea or snoring, his sleep quality is profoundly disturbed. Although severity is different between patients, many men suffer constant fatigue with untreated sleep apnea. It should be no surprise that, under these circumstances, a man’s testosterone levels drop dramatically. As a result, his sex drive and erectile function are bound to also be reduced. According to the ADA, more than two-thirds of men who have low testosterone also deal with impotence.
When daytime exhaustion becomes regular, and a man can’t find any apparent reason for his loss of sexual function, he may try to ignore it. He may suspect that the impotence is caused by stress from daily obligations related to family and work. Over time, however, sleep apnea can become worse, making impotence more severe and creating a number of serious health risks. Fortunately, men may be able to get relief from sexual dysfunction caused by sleep apnea by visiting Dr. Eddie Siman, a sleep disorder dentist in Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks.
For most people, sleep quality and sex drive can be improved with a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition and plenty of exercise. While men with sleep apnea may see some improvement by making these changes, most will need some form of treatment for this disorder. By reducing or eliminating snoring and sleep apnea, men will naturally see improvements in their testosterone production, sex drive and erectile ability. Contact Dr. Eddie Siman, a sleep disorder dentist in Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks, for more information.