Why sleep apnea and snoring can affect your sexual life

Did you have any idea of this that sexual dysfunction is a complication of sleep apnea and snoring?

In other article, we have discussed about the influence of snoring in your sexual life, but it does go beyond the emotional and psychological level, it can affect your sexual performance as well.

So we have this scenario: Your partner does not want to make love to you because of your snoring problem and because you can not give your best, which affects you at an emotional level, which reinforces your impotence in man.

To understand this, we have to consider that an erection depends on different factors: physiological (hormonal system, muscular system, vascular system, and nervous system) and psychological (personal self-esteem, your partner’s support and opinion of you, etc.).

The crux of the matter is that during sleep apnea episodes the sufferers experiment ongoing breathing stops, which makes the circulatory system works harder, elevating blood pressure. These respiratory break-ups reduce the normal quantities of oxygen required, that results in damage of blood vessels and hormonal misbalance that are responsible of an erection to happen.

High blood pressure brings the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Being in this situation puts any men in permanent concern about his health; therefore, he is usually going to think it twice before making it.

During our sleep we pass through different stages, one of them is Rapid Eyes Movement or REM, usually considered a sleep phase when erections take place, that’s’ why men have erection when they wake up in the morning. But it is just in this period, when apnoeas mostly tend to happen; thereby, men with sleep apnea snoring do not get these erections. This condition is especially acute in men with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and severe snoring.

In addition to this circulatory problem, there are other factors that stem from sleep apnea that have an incidence in erectile dysfunctions as depression, tiredness, fatigue, and libido loss. Likewise, age, overweight and respiratory diseases are considered risk factors for sleep apnea syndrome and snorers.