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Be cautious, Sleep Deprivation Leads to Erectile Dysfunction!

By Dr. Sandeep Patil

Some people tend to cut down on sleep to make sure other responsibilities, work and familial, are met. The urge to ‘get the job done’ somehow proves to be stressful on the body. Getting the right amount of sleep can do wonders for your health; it plays an important role in reducing stress and also lifts the mood. Lack of sleep is known to have adverse effects on the Brain, Heart, weight and life in general. However, specifically in males, sleep deprivation has been said to cause Erectile Dysfunction.

Getting quality sleep is significant in maintaining Testosterone levels, which is vital in maintaining a man’s erection and sex life. It is proven, that most Testosterone is produced while sleeping; highest levels are produced during REM (deep stages of sleep) sleep. When a man is sleep-deprived, his Testosterone levels drop to as much as 70%. Thus, decrease in total sleep or disrupted sleep can impact sexual function. Studies show that sleep deprivation and Sleep Apnea(interrupted breathing while asleep) cause Erectile Dysfunction in more than 60% of men.

Sleep deprivation is often associated with mood disorders, exhaustion and poor stamina. These factors have an impact on the sexual performance and thus stall sexual functioning and energy. Ejaculation shortfall is also experienced in such situations. Males who are deprived of sleep also tend to be aggressive and intolerable which in turn affects an intimate relationship. Lack of sleep also speeds up the ageing process which obstructs sexual activities.

If one experiences sleep deprivation, seeking medical help or discussing the matter with your partner and your doctor can switch things around. Men who have been treated for such cases have shown improvement in sleep patterns which have progressively enhanced sexual functions. Most men require at least 7-8 hours of sleep for testosterone to be produced; to maintain adequate sexual function it is important to get good quality sleep.

Is a Chief Intensivist and Physician, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan.

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