27 Mar Sleep and Loss of Libido
Has anyone seen my Libido?
Sleep deficiencies are impairing your sex life.
This is a difficult topic but one that demands our attention. Johnny Carson once said: “I knew a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up until the day he killed himself.”
All joking aside, dealing with impotence is no laughing matter. It’s an embarrassing, uncomfortable, frustrating position to be in.
Physically, you may be fine. The plumbing, as they say, is working, but there is no desire. Your libido is all but non-existent.
The only thing standing in the way of you and your next romantic encounter – could simply be a good night’s sleep.
Everyone knows that sleep is essential to good overall health and your sex life is not exempt. There are studies that suggest sleep is directly linked to a man’s testosterone levels and their subsequent variations.
It is “normal” for an aging man to have lower testosterone levels. How would you know? You need to work with your physician and have your blood tested. Increased levels of testosterone are linked to hair loss, improved blood pressure and help with weight loss. On the flip side, inadequate levels of the hormone can cause decreased libido, an inability to maintain an erection and lack of interest in sex.
The quality of your sleep is significantly hindered with the appearance of snoring and/or sleep apnea. Not getting adequate rest can be particularly destructive to your sex life. Most men would attribute problems in bed to an outside force out of their control: stress at work, money problems, kids, family obligations, other responsibilities, etc. The reality is, men who experience sleep disorders have a disturbed body clock. This accounts for a much poorer libido than their male counterparts who are getting enough sleep during the night.
Studies show that men who suffer from sleep apnea or are habitual snorers produce abnormally inadequate levels of testosterone throughout the night. This lack of testosterone results in a decreased libido and can lead to stretches of impotence and lack of sexual desire.
To increase your libido: Eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet. Don’t combine sugar and fat. Manage your stress. Exercise often and at a level you can sustain regularly. Most notably, get some sleep, the good kind, with your AIRWAY open! Dr. D can help.