Say It Isn’t So! Lack of Sleep Leads to Lack of Sex
On October 13, Dr. David Volpi was interviewed on ABC’s Eyewitness News. According to a new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine last month, it was found that couples that are sleep deprived also have a much lower than average frequency of sexual intimacy. Understanding why and getting the correct treatment can restore a healthy libido.
The study explains that when the body is deprived of deep, recuperative sleep, some important hormones do not have a chance to replenish, including testosterone. When testosterone levels are low, women lose their sex drive — they just aren’t interested. When men lose it, they can’t perform.
As Dr. Volpi pointed out in the interview, low sex drive is another after effect of sleep deprivation caused by apnea. “Patients with sleep apnea often think they sleep for 12 hours but they are actually waking up 50 to 60 times an hour,” he said. He is concerned that sleep apnea often goes untreated because many who suffer from it don’t realize they have it. They contribute their daytime fatigue to other causes such as stress or their busy schedules.
Left untreated, sleep apnea also leads to other health issues such as heart disease, lung dysfunction, high blood pressure, and stroke. Luckily, there are many non- or minimally-invasive treatments now available to treat apnea including Provent, a new technology that fits comfortably under your nose.
To see the full Eyewitness News report, click here.
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