The Sleep-Sex Connect

By on August 19, 2017
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The Sleep-Sex Connect

Sleep apnea, if left unchecked, can disrupt your sexual life

Snoring, the most common symptom of sleep apnea, is characterised by disruptions in breathing during sleep that lead to lower oxygen levels and repeated waking throughout the night. In addition to the serious health complications, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can also wreak havoc with a person’s sex life. 
Studies have shown that sleep apnea increases the likelihood of sexual dysfunction for both men and women. In addition, the disrupted, restless and often noisy sleep of a person with OSA – which can include loud snoring – can send sleeping partners to separate beds. Not good for intimacy.
Sleep experts believe that the link may be due to the body’s levels of the sex hormone testosterone, which naturally rise while we sleep. Because sleep apnea causes repeated night time waking, this chronic sleep deprivation may inhibit the body’s ability to produce and process testosterone, which is partially responsible for libido in men and women.
The side effects of sleep apnea – fatigue, high blood pressure, risk of heart disease and stroke – are pretty well-known. But one thing that’s not as widely documented is its effect on sex.

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