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Erectile Dysfunction Associated with Snoring and Sleep Apnea
When Sleep Problems cause Sex Problems
“New research shows that snoring, and specifically sleep apnea, could result in decreased libido and erectile dysfunction, according to researchers at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. Their study found that nearly half of the men who suffered from severe sleep apnea also secreted abnormally low levels of TESTOSTERONE throughout the night. More than 42 to 64 percent of men with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are impotent.”
SNORING can be a lot more than an irritant to a bed partner. It also affects things in the bedroom. If your bedroom performance isn’t what you’d like it to be, then you have now a reasonable excuse, because studies have consistently revealed that men who Snore heavily and have the associated Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA) lose their sexual urges and are faced withImpotence. New research shows that snoring, and specifically sleep apnea, could result in decreased Libido and Erectile Dysfunction(ER), according to researchers at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. Their study found that nearly half of the men who suffered from severe sleep apnea also secreted abnormally low levels of testosterone and as a result causing sexual dysfunction like impotence and decreased libido. A good night’s sleep is absolutely critical in keeping your testosterone levels and other sexual hormones, like growth hormones and gonadotropins, healthy and fully functioning. Many men with lack of sleep or sleep apnea often have “sexual dysfunction”. These men have no answers and yet they cannot figure out just why they have recurring bedroom issues. The explanation is simple: mountains of research shows that the brain rebuilds itself during sleep, especially of sex hormones and the important substances referred as the Erection-boosting Nitric Oxide and dopamine.
A good night’s sleep is absolutely critical in keeping your testosterone levels and other sexual hormones
Erectile dysfunction (ED) or Impotence, decrease Libido and various Sexual dysfunctions are common in patients with Snoring and Obstructive sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea induces abnormal hormonal alterations, deviations in neural regulation that can cause or contribute to the development of ED. The numbers are staggering- Erectile dysfunction affects 30 million men in the United States and 152 million men worldwide, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) afflicts more than 24 million individuals in the United States. One in 3 men and approximately 1 in 5 women who are habitual snorers suffer from some degree of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. More than 42 to 64 percent of men with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are impotent.
In recent study by Dr. Santos and colleagues, title: Erectile dysfunction in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome-Prevalence and determinants, and published in the medical journal Rev Port Pneumol. 2012. Their study indicated the strong evidence and closely relationship between Erectile dysfunction and obstructive sleep apnea. They determined a prevalence of Erectile dysfunction among 62 men with newly diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. Using the 5-item version of the International Index Erectile Function (IIEF) questionnaire, the authors identified ED in 64.4% of the individuals. Erectile dysfunction affects 30 million men in the United States and 152 million men worldwide, ObstructiveSleep Apnea (OSA) afflicts more than 24 million individuals in the United States.
Sleep influences all of the body’s major physiologic systems, including thermoregulatory, musculoskeletal, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and immune systems. Sleep also impacts individual’s weight, mental health, sexual function and overall quality of life. By the time people with sleep
problems come to the Penn Sleep
Centers at the University of Pennsylvania, many of them are no longer sleeping with their spouses. Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can hit the sack hard in another area: sex. And that’s just one of the ways that Sleep problems can take a toll on people’s family, work, personal,
and social lives. Sexual dysfunctions can have a profound impact on an individual’s perceived quality of sexual life. How sexy is it to lie in bed and listen to your mate continually make thunderous roars, gasps, and sighs throughout the night then suffer with the consequences of sleep loss, daytime fatigue, an inability to concentrate on love making, and even worst of all, to bear and endure the consequence that your partner is impotent as a result of his snoring and associated sleep apnea.
The association of Erectile dysfunction (ED) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and the causative nature of OSA in the development of ED, continue to be better defined, and there have been numerous recent publications exploring these relationships relationship between the two. Most recent research studies corroborate the profound hormonal deficit as a result of OSA and what it is more amazing, perhaps, in this physiological findings, is the fact that during the deep phase of sleep (N3), is precisely where the most important hormones like growth hormone, Testosterone and Gonadotropin hormones (brain hormones which stimulate the testicles and ovaries to produce sex hormones) are secreted. These hormones, in part, are the ones maintaining the sexual dynamics and integrity of an individual and if the levels drop because of OSA, then Sexual dysfunction emerges and causes the detrimental and psychosocial pressure and frustration associated with it. At the same time it explains the cause and effect correlation between snoring with sleep apnea and the various sexual dysfunctions including Erectile dysfuction or Impotence
In a very elegant and interesting study, researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York evaluated 870 consecutively enrolled men through a cardiac screening program. Patients were screened for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Erectile Dysfunction through clinical questionnaires and were asked about their history of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, diabetes and smoking. Sixty-three percent of patients in the study screened positive for obstructive sleep apnea, 5.6 percent had a history of diabetes, and 29 percent had a smoking history. The likelihood for having Obstructive sleep Apnea (OSA) increased as the severity of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)increased.
Dopamine, a neurotransmitter well known to increase libido and erectile strength is decreased in patients who are sleep deprived or have sleep disorders like snoring with sleep apnea.
Dopamine , a neurotransmitter well known to increase libido and erectile strength is decreased in patient who are sleep deprived or have sleep disorders like snoring with sleep apnea. As reported in a recent study By Dr Volkow, of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Maryland. Their study demonstrated how dopamine and dopamine receptors decreased in individuals with poor night’s sleep. Researchers have shown that lack of sleep down regulates, or “numbs” if you will, brain dopamine receptors. This means that these receptors are less responsive to external stimuli, such as those in the bedroom. Why would your brain play such a nasty trick on you? Because the brain needs repair and boost the levels of sex hormones and neurotransmitters.
Of all the five stages of sleep, Stage 3 is the most influential and determinant in a healthy and adequate sexual quality of life. Stage N3 is called “slow wave sleep” (SWS) and is characterized by the presence of slow brain waves called “delta waves” interspersed with smaller, faster waves. Blood pressure falls, breathing slows, and temperatures drops even lower, with the body becoming immobile. Sleep is deeper, with no eye movement and decreased muscle activity, although muscles retain their ability to function. It is most difficult to be awakened during. It is in this Stage where the brain secrets and rebuilds itself of the most important Sex hormones and neurotransmitters like growth hormone, Testosterone, Dopamine and Gonadotropin hormones (brain hormones which stimulate the testicles and ovaries to produce sex hormones). Unfortunately, it has been shown that this this stage is decreased or absent in individuals with snoring and associated sleep apnea and explains how sleep problems lead to sexual problems. Basically, is not surprising that you are not going to enjoy or be stimulated or satisfied by anything until you put in that required pillow time.
The latest medical literature continues to give more insight on this link, like the study from the University of California, which acknowledges the links between sleep disorders and sexual impotency. Specifically, the study examined the relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Erectile Dysfunction. OSA afflicts more than 24 million Americans and is characterized by repeated stops and starts of breathing during sleep when throat muscles relax and block the airway. Left untreated, those with sleep apnea suffer from poor quality sleep and chronic sleep deprivation, leading to health issues that can be life-threatening: weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and sexual dysfunction.
The study found that:
- Men with erectile dysfunction were more than twice as likely to have OSA than those without erectile dysfunction.
- The more severe the erectile dysfunction, the greater the likelihood of having OSA
- Men with erectile dysfunction should probably be screened for OSA
Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence) facts
- Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual activity.
- Symptoms of erectile dysfunction include the inability to have or to sustain a penile erection to complete satisfactory sexual activity.
- Erectile dysfunction is common; experts have estimated that erectile dysfunction affects 30 million men in the United States and 152 million men worldwide.
- The causes of erectile dysfunction include aging, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, cigarette smoking,atherosclerosis, depression, obstructive sleep apnea , nerve or spinal cord damage, medication side effects,alcoholism or other substance abuse, and low testosterone levels.
- More than 42 to 64 percent of men with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are impotent. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) afflicts more than 24 million individuals in the United States. About 1 in 3 men and about 1 in 5 women who are habitual snorers suffer from some degree of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Defining Sleep Apnea
Among the most common sleep disorders are insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA causes people to stop breathing intermittently throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea affects an estimated 24% of men and 9% of women; about 10% of adults have chronic insomnia
In patients with obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissues in the upper airway relax during sleep and block the flow of air. Respiratory effort continues during the event.
- An apnea is a complete occlusion of the airway and subsequent cessation of airflow for at least ten seconds.
- Patients who suffer from apneas also tend to exhibit hypopneas, a partial occlusion of the airway that results in a 25-50% reduction in airflow.
- Both apneas and hypopneas lead to oxygen desaturation and intermittent hypoxia.
- More than 42 to 64 percent of men with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are impotent. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) afflicts more than 24 million individuals in the United States. -One in 3 men and approximately 1 in 5 women who are habitual snorers suffer from some degree of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- People with sleep apnea subconsciously awaken many times a night — even dozens of times an hour — because their airways close, disrupting their breathing. Sleep apnea sufferers often snore heavily and are tired during the day.
In summary, numerous studies support the notion of the strong link between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sexual dysfunction. The good news for patients with both OSA and ED is that treatment for sleep apnea through continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), oral appliances, together with drug therapy, has been shown to improve symptoms of ED. A small study finds that treating the sleep disorder with a mechanical device can jump-start a guy’s sex life. Erectile dysfunction resolved in 17 of 42 men who used machines that maintain air flow throughout the night. And even those without sexual dysfunction who used the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices reported a boost in sexual performance, the study found. The study “has a huge implication,” said Dr. Steven Park, of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. “If you snore or you’re tired and you’re having intimacy issues, consider getting tested for obstructive sleep apnea,” he said. Sleep apnea treatments have revitalized his male patients, Park noted. “In my practice, one of the most common comments is that they’re having erections again upon wakening in the morning,” he said.”Bed partners report improved relations,” Park added.
Erectile dysfunction is common among men with sleep apnea, said Park, author of the book Sleep, Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired.
In the new study, researchers at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., followed 92 men, average age 46, who began using CPAP machines after being diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. While sleeping, patients wear masks connected to machines that send pressurized air into the throat to keep the airway open throughout the night. The average participant was overweight. Forty-six percent reported erectile dysfunction, and 27 percent said they had diminished libido. After six months, the researchers found that sexual function and satisfaction improved in the CPAP device users, and erectile dysfunction vanished in 41 percent of those who’d had erection issues.
Joyce Walsleben, a sleep medicine specialist and associate professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, said the devices probably boost energy by improving sleep. “It may well have to do with increased oxygen and the production of hormones and other neurotransmitters being reset,” Walsleben said.
As for whether wearing a mask-and-hose getup ruins the mood in bed, Walsleben had this to say: “I can tell you that from people I know with the device, happy bed partners are much more interested in sex — before or after sleep — than those who are fighting over snoring or sleeping in separate rooms.”
Boost your Sex Live and resolve your sexual dysfunction by improving your overall sleep with better sleep hygiene
Boost your Sex Live and resolve your sexual dysfunction by improving your overall sleep with better sleep hygiene. After all, everything you do, you do better with a good night’s sleep — everything including sex ; so the common old saying “When Sleep Problems cause Sex Problems” can be Applied in these settings. At the same times it opens the discussion that good sleeping habits should be part of any discussion regarding sexual dysfunction; furthermore, individual who have sleep apnea and sexual dysfunction should consult a board certified sleep medicine physicianwhom will give you the proper diagnosis and treatment in conjunction with the appropriate sleep studies at an accredited facility by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, AASM.
Sleep Symptoms Questionnaire for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This is a good screening questionnaire to determine if you are at risk of suffering obstructive sleep apnea.
- Do you have trouble falling asleep when you go to bed?
- Do you feel sleepy through the day?
- Do you snore?
- Has anyone observed that you stop breathing during your sleep?
- Do you wake up and cannot go back to sleep?
- Do you wake up more than twice during the night?
- Do you feel tired during the day?
- Do you have frequent headaches during the morning hours?
- Do you jerk your legs or kick while sleeping?
- Are you fatigued, irritable or have problems concentrating?
- At night, do you wake up short of breath?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Are you experiencing a decreased in sexual interest?
- Has anyone observed that you stop breathing during your sleep?
If you answered YES, to two or more questions, you should ask your doctor if having a sleep study can be beneficial to you and your health or you could contact Vida Sleep Center
for additional information.
You deserve a good night’s sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Insomnia and other Sleep Disorders can be treated and diagnosed in a facility properly accredited by the AASM. An overnight sleep study is the method most common and efficient for the evaluation of these conditions. If you or someone close to you has sleep disorders and snore, take it seriously, talk to your doctor or call our Sleeping Center, which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, AASM, to be able to assist you.
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