‘Sexual dysfunction’ may signal you have sleep apnoea – what to look for

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‘Sexual dysfunction’ may signal you have sleep apnoea – what to look for

A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 69 percent of male participants diagnosed with OSA also had erectile dysfunction.

Another study found erectile dysfunction in about 63 percent of study participants with sleep apnea.

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By contrast, only 47 percent of men in the study without OSA had erectile dysfunction.

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The findings also suggested that men with erectile dysfunction are at a higher risk of having other undiagnosed sleep disorders.

How to treat OSA

According to Mayo Clinic, for milder cases of OSA, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes.

These include:

Lose weight if you’re overweight

Exercise regularly

Drink alcohol moderately, if at all, and don’t drink several hours before bedtime

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Quit smoking

Use a nasal decongestant or allergy medications

Don’t sleep on your back

Avoid taking sedative medications such as anti-anxiety drugs or sleeping pills.

“If these measures don’t improve your sleep or if your apnea is moderate to severe, then your doctor may recommend other treatments,” adds the health body.

of over 120 men with erectile dysfunction, 55 percent reported symptoms related to sleep apnea.

There are a number of devices that aim to unblock the airways, for example.

“Mandibular advancement devices (MADs) and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are common,” explains the British Lung Foundation (BLF).

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According to the BLF, there are many different devices available but it’s best to have one made for you by a trained health care professional.

“If you live in an area that prescribes these devices on the NHS, you’ll be referred to a specialist to make your device. If not, you may have to buy your own,” it adds.

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