It has been found that over 12 million Americans on average suffer from sleep apnea regardless of gender. These Americans, while suffering from fatigue and drowsiness, are also at risk for developing severe health problems, including diabetes, obesity, insomnia, depression, heart disease and more. According to recent studies, sleep apnea not only negatively impacts the cardiovascular system and throws off sleeping schedules, but also reduces the libido in men and women due to a poor quality of sleep.
Studies have found that those who suffer from sleep apnea, in both genders, are at a higher risk of developing sexual dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED), for example, has been found to be caused and/or worsened by disrupted sleep in men. A German study conducted in 2009 found that, out of all of the male participants, 70 percent of those who suffered from sleep apnea were also suffering from ED.
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It might come as a surprise that this sleeping disorder could be the cause of sexual dysfunction, as sleep apnea is usually associated with fatigue and drowsiness due to obstructed breathing. It is possible for sleep apnea to cause sexual dysfunction, such as ED, during periods of non-breathing, as this causes the oxygen levels within the blood to deplete. As the oxygen levels diminish, hormone production and balance are derailed, and sexual function is impacted negatively.
Untreated sleep apnea can cause erectile dysfunction in males; as testosterone is created and regulated during sleep. Periods of sleeplessness throughout the night prevent the body from correctly producing and regulating the hormone, leading to low testosterone levels and, ultimately, erectile dysfunction.
Seeking a reliable treatment option for sleep apnea is the best way to avoid or relieve potential sexual dysfunction. If you would like to learn more about available treatment options for sleep apnea, call or email Dr. Siegel at his dental office today. Receiving treatment for your sleep apnea will allow you a full night’s sleep, better health, and may eliminate problems in the bedroom.