Let’s define some major terms to be discussed in this blog, even though some may seem obvious and some not so much.

Libido: Sexual desire, interest or drive.

Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome: This condition is referred to as an often lifelong sleep-related breathing disorder characterised by symptoms such as loud snoring, breathing pauses and weakened awakenings. Symptoms of this disorder may occur in the daytime as well, causing an overload of sleep in the day and also depression.

Research has attempted to deduce the linkages and the relationship that exists between men suffering from the syndrome and their libido levels. These studies are conducted post a detailed assessment of an adult male sample’s physical, psychological and sexual histories and factors. The eligibility criteria of the sample was reviewed and approved by experts in the field of sleep medication and sexual health counselling.

In some studies, men with OSA syndrome display a higher level of sexual issues like erectile dysfunction, to be specific. Even satisfaction derived from sexual activities was comparatively less. Having said that, however, this disparity was almost non-significant when male groups who had OSA and those who didn’t were compared.

Another interesting study found the physiological factor of an increased BMI present in many patients with OSA. A body mass index tipping on the higher side can mean bad news for your sex life. In addition, the LH or luteinizing hormone found in males is responsible for releasing testosterone through the Leydig cells found in the testes. Men with OSA were found with lower levels of this hormone and consequent testosterone, thus, predicting impotence. Even premature ejaculation, avoidance and sexual dissatisfaction were reported here.

The common thread among these variant studies was the positive influence of CPAP, also known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatments. They were said to considerably improve erectile function, orgasmic functions, intercourse satisfaction and overall satisfaction of men.

Although, libido levels were not elevated, fewer problems on the functional side meant that relationships, degrees of intimacy and happiness between couples were surely changed for the better.

For a better understanding, please click here for the full piece. (Published in International Journal of Clinical Practice)

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP

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