Does Less Sleep Mean Less Sex?

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At Snore MD great sleep is our passion, and it turns out we all need great sleep to enjoy a healthy sex life! A recent University of Pennsylvania outlined the hazards of not getting your best sleep, and how it can impact your social, sexual and work well-being!

The study points out that ““People who have trouble sleeping often develop elaborate routines over time,” says Phil Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, assistant professor of psychiatry and clinical director of the Behavioural Sleep Medicine program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The routines often involve avoiding the biggest sleep disturber- a snoring bed partner.

Long term, fatigue from a noisy bed partner decrease daytime energy, increases afternoon sleepiness and significantly decreases libido in both males and females!

Robert Thayer, PhD, a professor of psychology at California State University in Long Beach and a mood researcher, believes that the combination of low energy and increased cortisol (a stress hormone) caused by lack of sleep -- a situation he calls “tense tiredness” -- can also lead to sexual dysfunction.

“People who experience tense tiredness are too anxious to relax,” Thayer says. “Tension and anxiety are very basic to sexual dysfunction most of the time. That increases as energy decreases.”

Sleep Apnea in men may also cause a serious side effect- Low Testosterone. Low Testosterone is known to increase the risk for cancer, as well as causing problems in the bedroom. A 2002 study of men at the Technion Sleep Laboratory in Israel found that nearly half of those who suffered from severe sleep apnea also secreted abnormally low levels of testosterone during the night. A normal testosterone level is critical for the energy and vitality to enjoy a happy and healthy life.

Are you not getting the quality sleep you deserve every night? Do you know someone who doesn’t have the same energy they once did? Take the Free Online Sleep Quiz to learn if you should be screened for Sleep Apnea at your local Snore MD clinic

We encourage you to bring your spouse or partner into a Snore MD sleep clinic, not only will they learn about possible sleep issues, you will have a partner in your journey to better health!

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About the author:

Michael Davis is Snore MD's Director of Optimal Patient Care and community awareness. Driven by a passion for quality of everyday life, Michael became a Respiratory Therapist in 2009 with the goal of helping Canadians sleep better.

Does Less Sleep Mean Less Sex?