Sleep Apnea Can Affect Sex Life

added on: August 15, 2016

In this day and age, it’s not unusual for busy couples to be too tired for sex some nights. However, for more than 12 million American adults who suffer with sleep apnea, sleep disruption can lead to a much more complicated obstacle to a couple’s sex life.

Feeling tired and sleepy throughout the day are typical symptoms of sleep apnea, and can lead to weight gain and depression. Yet, the necessary periods of REM sleep are what give a boost to sex hormones. Insufficient sleep seems to decrease these levels, which is a major factor in one’s sex drive.

One study compared 80 women with sleep apnea to 240 women without sleep apnea. All study participants were age 65 and over. The results showed that sleep apnea sufferers had dramatically higher rates of sexual dysfunction.

A prior study included over 400 men who had been seen for suspected sleep apnea. Of those who were diagnosed with the condition, nearly 70% had erectile dysfunction compared with 34% for men without sleep apnea.

It has been noted that patients who undergo surgery to correct abnormalities that contribute to apnea see improvements in intimacy. Those who start CPAP therapy also report an increase in sexual relationships. Unfortunately, an estimated 22% of those prescribed with CPAP are consistent users.

CPAP isn’t for everyone. Many CPAP users complain about feeling claustrophobic, encumbered and are bothered by the noise. For adults with mild to moderate sleep apnea, the solution may be a simple, FDA-approved oral appliance.

These mouth pieces are custom designed so they are comfortable and won’t interfere with your sleep. They are easy to use and effective for many levels of sleep apnea and heavy snoring (often a precursor to sleep apnea).

Sleep apnea is nothing to ignore, regardless of your libido. It has been associated with a  number of serious health problems including weight gain and obesity, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, migraines and impotency.

Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to learn more about overcoming sleep apnea and regaining a full and healthy lifestyle! Or, schedule a no-cost, no obligation consultation. During this time, I’ll answer your questions so you can determine if this is right for you.


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