Men who have sleep apnea or OSAS (Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome) may also be significantly at risk for erectile dysfunction, because of the chronic periods of oxygen deprivation. Researchers from the University of Louisville found that after just one week of CIH (Chronic Intermittent Hypoxia) or oxygen deprivation, mice showed an increase of erectile dysfunction - a 55% decrease of spontaneous erections. And what's even more interesting is that even after 6 weeks of renewed oxygen levels, the mice only recovered 74% of erectile function.
Researchers also think that the hypoxia may also have a central nervous system impact on sexual activity. So if you are a guy that has sleep apnea, then you should really want to get help - because more than likely one of your physical complaints is erectile dysfunction, and the longer you let it remain chronic - the more likely you will be left with ongoing erectile dysfunction. What can you do?
Lose weight since apnea is often directly related to obesity; ask your doctor if you are a candidate for C-PAP, a machine that will help create positive air flow so you don't suffer from hypoxia. Also speak to him about other recommendations that can help to minimize the impact of OSAS.
Published On: September 15, 2008