Several lifestyle factors affect sex and sexual dysfunction, including diet, age and smoking. However, one aspect people do not often consider an obstacle to sex is their sleeping patterns (WebMD).
“Lack of sleep can lead to low energy, fatigue, and sleepiness,” says Dr. Allison T. Siebern, a fellow in the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center. “This may affect libido and/or decrease interest in sex.”
If you deal with depression and anxiety, your body experiences increased tension, leading to insomnia and lack of sufficient rest for your body during the night.
“People who experience tense tiredness are too anxious to relax,” says Robert Thayer, PhD, a professor of psychology at California State University in Long Beach and a mood researcher. “Tension and anxiety are very basic to sexual dysfunction most of the time. That increases as energy decreases.”
Obstructive sleep apnea (OAS) also negatively affects men’s libido and sexual function because OAS can lead to lower testosterone levels. Fifty percent of men who participated in a 2002 study in Israel exhibited a connection between their sleep apnea and low testosterone levels.
Here a few tips to getting better sleep:
1. Set a sleep schedule where you go to bed the same time every night. Manage your time and tasks as best you can to make sure your head hits the pillow at your assigned time.
2. As much we love our phones and computers, the light from the screens keeps your brain active. Try and finish e-mails, messages and texts at least 1-2 hours before you go to bed.
3. Establish a routine where you read or listen to soft, soothing music to make you relaxed and comfortable enough to fall asleep easily.
4. Avoid caffeine and nicotine right before you go to bed. Even alcohol has a tendency to disrupt your sleeping patterns. Also, make sure you do not go to bed hungry.
Contact Erectile Doctor at 888-801-0366 if you have any further questions about sleep and sexual dysfunction.