There are many physical health concerns that can cause erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, most of them are serious. The topmost cause is the onset of heart disease. Here, plaque from fat and cholesterol in the diet builds up on artery walls, limiting blood flow. Enough blood must be able to enter the penis in order to form an erection. The more limited blood flow is, the more likely ED becomes. Diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and many other conditions may also be at fault. But one thing often overlooked are sleep disorders. Insomnia can cause or exacerbate ED. That’s because a severe lack of sleep results in a decrease in the production of testosterone—a crucial hormone to erection formation. Chronic insomnia also exacerbates other conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which in turn can make sexual dysfunction worse.
A lack of sleep over time can also increase the number of free radicals in the system which limits the amount of nitric oxide the body produces. This is an essential element to forming an erection. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels increasing blood flow to the penis which allows an erection to take place. Sleep apnea also affects sexual functioning in a big way. A recent study found that those men who experience sleep apnea, where soft tissue in the back of the throat interrupts breathing during sleep, are more likely to experience ED. Sleep apnea is dangerous and can contribute to many other conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. If you have a sleep disorder, be sure to see a doctor and find out what is causing it, and what can be done about it. Letting it go too long can be dangerous to your health. If you have ED, make an appointment with a doctor or urologist. There are many serious conditions that can cause it. Moreover, lots of treatment options are available. One is sure to rejuvenate you.