Sleep apnea is twice as likely to occur in men than women. Believe it or not, being a man is one of the greatest risk factors of this condition, including being overweight or obese and over the age of 40. Since men have more fat deposits around the neck as well as a more collapsed airway, they are more prone to the nighttime pauses in breathing that is common in individuals with sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
As men turn 30 years old, their testosterone levels begin to decrease. However, sleep apnea may lower their levels of testosterone even further. Testosterone levels usually increase during sleep and the highest levels of it occur during rapid eye movement or REM cycles. Unfortunately, sleep apnea reduces the quality and quantity of sleep and prevents the ability of the body to produce testosterone.
According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, young men who were sleep deprived over the course of a week noticed a 15 percent reduction in their testosterone levels. Erectile dysfunction is also more common among men who are coping with sleep apnea.
Although testosterone may seem like it can help men with sleep apnea, it can actually worsen the condition by worsening underlying breathing issues. It’s better for men to visit a dentist to receive treatment for their sleep apnea through an oral appliance or another technique.
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If you are a man who is concerned about low testosterone levels and sleep apnea, we encourage you to reach out to our Ashburn, VA office. Call us today at 703-439-1214.