Healthy Sex life

The Effect of Sleep on Sex

Over the years research has shown a definite correlation between the quality of sleep and how much we enjoy the rest of our lives. Sleep deprivation is linked to things like depression, anxiety, excess weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and so much more. But now, according to a brand-new study out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, men with sleep issues also experience decreased sex lives as a result of poor performance and the loss of libido.

The study focused on 92 men, mostly in their 40s, who were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. This is a condition in which the airways in the back of the throat constrict during sleep, temporarily interrupting breathing long enough to cause the individual to quickly wake up. It is a condition that can be treated relatively easily with the use of a CPAP machine. This machine continues the airflow throughout the night so apnea patients can remain in deep sleep.

Assessing the Situation

Walter Reed researchers assessed the study’s participants for sexual performance and satisfaction before beginning CPAP treatment. They found that an astonishing 46% had been diagnosed with some degree of ED; another 27% complained of loss of sexual desire. The two components combined to indicate that the vast majority these men were not satisfied with their sex lives overall.

Each of the men was reassessed after one, three, and six months of CPAP therapy. Surprisingly, the sexual satisfaction of most of the subjects increased as CPAP therapy continued. Of those suffering from ED, some 72% reported measurable improvement in the ability to achieve and maintain erections; 41% of those men said their sexual function returned to normal. Overall, 88% of the men reported greater sexual function and satisfaction after six months of CPAP.

Correlation between Sleep and Sexual Function

Lack of SleepResearchers were not surprised much about the decreased sexual satisfaction of men suffering from sleep apnea. However they were surprised at how drastically improved sleep affected sexual function and satisfaction. Simply by putting men with sleep apnea on the CPAP machines researchers were able to return sexual function and desire to normal levels.

There may be several reasons behind this, though none have been proven conclusively today. Consider the following possibilities:

  • Circulatory Issues – It’s already known that lack of sleep over long periods of time can result in coronary disease. Such disease is the result of restricted blood flow which robs the body’s organs of vital oxygen and nutrients. It would stand to reason that this lack of blood flow also affect sexual function including a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection, the hardness of an erection, and the overall sensitivity of the penis. As these things begin to decrease it would have the natural effect of also decreasing a man’s desire.
  • Hormonal Issues – Just as cardiovascular issues affect the physical function of the male sex organs, hormonal issues have a huge effect on libido. Libido is largely controlled in men through testosterone and certain pheromones produced. Yet when the body is deprived of sleep the production of these substances naturally decreases. Believe it or not, the loss of testosterone can significantly damage male libido to the point where a man no longer desires sex at all.
  • Nutritional Issues – For some unexplained reason people suffering from sleep apnea and other sleep disorders also tend to have poor eating habits. Which of the two is the cart, and which is the horse, is irrelevant. The fact is that poor nutrition robs the body of essential components it needs to produce hormones, seminal fluid, and other substances in the body that enhance sexual function. A man can greatly improve both performance and desire by eating properly every day.

Adding a Daily Supplement

For men whose loss of sexual desire and function is largely due to sleep apnea, CPAP treatment can be enhanced through the use of a daily herbal supplement. Male enhancement supplements include herbal ingredients that have been used for centuries by doctors on every continent. These ingredients increase the body’s ability to create seminal fluid, encourage the body to naturally produce more testosterone, help a man remain more alert, increase energy levels, and just help him perform better overall.

The combination of the CPAP and a daily supplement can improve the sex lives of most men under normal circumstances. That, in turn, will help create healthy relationships between men and their partners. As an added bonus, research shows that both men and women involved in healthy, long-term, monogamous relationships also maintain better overall health even into their senior years.

If you suffer from sleep deprivation and a loss of sexual satisfaction, make an appointment to see your doctor right away. That’s the best way to determine why you’re losing sleep and what can be done about it. Be sure to ask about supplementing your sleep treatment with a male enhancement supplement as well. It could be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.


Author: Peter

Peter is an experienced author specializing in men's health issues. He started in 2007 and is dedicated to continue to grow the website to become a recognized resource for men worldwide.