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4 Ways Sleep Problems Hurt Your Sex Life

March 30th, 2015

Losing sleep over your sexual performance issues could make them worse.

For many men, maintaining a quality sex life as they age is a major concern. Unfortunately, low sex drive and ED are common andropause symptoms, and up to 40 percent of men will struggle with sexual function issues by the time they hit 40. These difficulties can be made worse by other andropause symptoms that affect men’s sleep patterns, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and depression.

For the best possible relief from sexual function issues, it is essential that you not only boost testosterone and balance your other hormones, but also make sure your sleep problems get resolved. After all, sleep loss can hurt your sex life in many different ways.

Sleep Loss Reduces Testosterone

According to a study published in JAMA, one week of getting less than 5 hours of sleep per night led to a 15 percent reduction in young men’s testosterone levels. In other words, as far as their testosterone levels were concerned the effect was like they had aged 10 to 15 years in a single week. Considering that testosterone is the most important male hormone, with an important role to play in sexual desire and performance, needless to say by reducing testosterone, sleep loss definitely hurts your sex life.

Sleep Apnea Linked to ED

Men who have sleep apnea actually stop breathing in their sleep. This is of course extremely disruptive to sleep patterns. Even if you don’t actually wake up gasping for breath, your system is being stressed in a way that is bad for your health and your sexual function. One study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 70 percent of men with sleep apnea also had ED.

Sleep Loss Affects Men’s Ability to Judge a Partner’s Desire

While the sex act is no doubt physically satisfying, the feeling of emotional intimacy with a partner is also a very important component of a healthy sex life. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation affects the areas of the frontal lobe related to reasoning, causing difficulties similar to drinking alcohol. One study from the journal SLEEP found that after just one night without sleep, men were unable to correctly judge a woman’s sexual interest and intent. Instead they were more likely to assume the woman wanted sex, even when that was not the case. This kind of disconnect has the potential to really harm the connection with a partner.

Sleep Loss is Linked to Depression

Chronic sleep loss or insomnia has been linked to depression. While it is difficult to say whether individuals lose sleep because they are depressed or become depressed because they can’t sleep, the end result is the same: men may end up on anti-depressants that are known to cause problems with low sex drive and performance.

Get Help From Renew Man™

If you are suffering from sleep problems, it is a very good idea to consult with an expert such as Renew Man™ to see if your symptoms have a hormonal cause. That way, you can prevent sleep problems from causing or worsening any problems in your sex life.

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