Sleep Apnea and Sexual Function: What’s the connection?

Sleep apnea can affect more than just your sleep. It can also affect some bedroom activities. In fact, some bed partners are also forced to sleep in separate rooms due to very loud snoring! Patients who suffer from OSA have reported loss of interest in sex and diminished intimacy with their partner. Studies have found that 40-64% of men with sleep apnea also suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). In a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), it showed that chronic sleep deprivation is partially responsible for low testosterone levels in men. As such, sleep disorders like sleep apnea can negatively affect testosterone levels if left untreated. That being said, it’s not just men who experience sexual problems. According to Petersen et. al., women with untreated sleep apnea are also at a higher risk for having sexual difficulties. The good news is, all is not lost! Treating OSA may help bring back the spark đŸ˜‰ Studies have shown that Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment can improve sexual function. Results show that patients who used CPAP reported lower ED complaints and higher sexual satisfaction. CPAP can also get rid of loud snoring so partners can then sleep in the same room and have a good night’s sleep. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, why not give your special someone the best gift? Flowers and chocolates are good, but a good night’s sleep is even...

Struggling to stick to your New Year’s resolutions? A good night’s sleep can help with that!

It’s February! How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you’re struggling to stick with your resolutions, you’re not alone! According to U.S. News, roughly 80% of resolutions fail by mid-February. So how can we be part of the 20% that stick to their resolutions? The answer may be hidden in your sleep! We live such busy lives we don’t often think about how well we slept the night before or how refreshed we feel when we wake up in the morning. What we don’t realize is that sleep quality affects our bodies in many ways which then affect our overall lifestyles. 1. Sleep affects your appetite/diet & metabolism You might ask, “what does sleep have to do with my appetite”? The answer: It helps your body regulate your hunger & appetite. During sleep, your body produces hormones called leptin (suppresses appetite) and ghrelin (promotes feeling of hunger). Studies show that sleep deprivation result in lower leptin levels. This leads to increased appetite and hunger, and can result in binge-eating. According to Van Cauter et. al. (2008), lack of sleep also has a negative effect on glucose/carbohydrate metabolism. It makes it difficult for the body to break it down. Those experiencing increased hunger and appetite are more inclined to eat carbohydrate-rich food and increase consumption which often lead to weight gain or obesity (Sharma & Kavuru, 2010). https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/funnies-cartoon.asp?id=99 2. Good sleep means healthy immune system Studies have shown that sleep supports immune system functions therefore, long-term sleep deprivation will have a negative effect on your immune system. In a study by Cohen et. al., it was found that those who have poor sleep quality, and...