The symptoms of sleep apnea aren’t ones that are unexpected with a condition that causes interrupted and inconsistent sleep. Problems such as daytime sleepiness, fatigue, a lack of energy, and restlessness all seem to fit with a condition that negatively impacts our sleeping patterns. However, as more and more studies are conducted, results are showing that sleep apnea not only causes these symptoms, but also impacts other parts of the body. In fact, a recently conducted survey on 10 young healthy men has found that sleep plays a large role in testosterone levels.
The study found that out of the 10 men, the men who were subject to 5 hours of sleep or less each night had lower testosterone levels, which proves that sleep loss negatively impacts testosterone levels. In most men testosterone is released while one is sleeping, so fragmented sleep caused by sleep apnea or some other sleep disorders interrupts the cycle which ultimately leads to lower hormone levels. What is most shocking is that 10-15% of people today have a sleep schedule that includes 5 or less hours of sleep each night.
Treating The Cause Means Ridding Of The Symptoms
Testosterone is a very important hormone in the male body. While it is most known for being the reproduction hormone, it also plays a large role in a man’s well-being, strength, adiposity, muscle mass retention, and even bone density. Low testosterone levels have been linked to an increase in body weight, as well as an increased risk of diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases.
Though there is no one right sleep apnea treatment for all patients, the fact is that effective treatment, no matter the type, not only keeps patients sleeping safely at night but it is also ensures that harmful side effects, such as low testosterone levels, are kept at bay.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, don’t neglect the next step of inquiring about sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Berry offers alternative sleep apnea treatments which can be just as effective as CPAP. Contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 our Denver area office today to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.