Do you have a hard time falling asleep? When you fall asleep do you stay asleep or constantly wake up causing you to have trouble going back to sleep?
Having bad nights and not getting enough rest can leave you feeling tired and causing a whole bunch of other sleep apnea issues such as:
Forgetful? New research suggests snoring to be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Difficulty breathing while asleep accelerates memory decline in people at-risk of the condition, a study found.
Daytime sleepiness is linked to poor attention and memory, plus slower thinking.
Daytime sleepiness and sleep apnea is also linked to impaired attention, memory and thinking in people who are genetically susceptible to the degenerative condition, the research adds.
Researchers hope the findings will support sleep-based treatments in people at-risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
You’re Exhausted – And Maybe Depressed
“Sleep may be affecting your sex life and performance in the bedroom without your even knowing it. It may seem obvious that poor sleep will cause lack of energy, which can get in the way of one’s sex life. But fewer people know that this poor quality sleep can be related to depression and anxiety too,” Dr. Magid-Katz explains.
Your Hormones Are All Over the Place
Sleep apnea can also impact your sex life because of its direct correlation to your hormones. Dr. Magid-Katz explains that because it impacts the levels of testosterone, you might experience the loss of libido, or sex drive and in extreme cases, erectile dysfunction.
Another side effect of sleep apnea is tied to your diet, Dr. Magid-Katz says. “Other hormones that change with sleep apnea are those that control the full feeling and food cravings. This can make it more difficult to lose weight and affect self-confidence,” she explains.
You Get Cranky
If you are a parent or just someone who has partied all night long and woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you know how much of an impact your mood has on every part of your life, relationships included. As Dr. Magid-Katz explains, “Sleep apnea can affect your sex life not only in a physical manner, but your relationship as well. Studies show that sleep deprivation can make couples ‘too tired to say thank you’ and causes them to prioritize their needs over their partner’s.”
Without getting peaceful shut-eye, you might also be quicker to be cruel in arguments and not be interested in solving problems, since your vibe is slow. Dr. Magid-Katz says you may even be less aware of your partner’s moods and sensitivities, since you are so focused on trying to get more sleep. “According to the National Sleep Foundation, couples that report low marital contentment are more likely to suffer from sleep disorders,” she explains.
You Snore More
If your sleep apnea is left undiagnosed, you will find yourself snoring louder and longer. And if your lady is a light sleeper, this might be enough to drive her through the roof. “The snoring associated with sleep apnea may cause couples to sleep in separate room, which hinders the relationship and intimacy. In fact, snoring is estimated to be the third most common reason for divorce in the United States,” Dr. Magid-Katz says.
You Might Suffer from Erectile Dysfunction
Here’s the greatest risk of all to your sex life: sleep apnea has been tied to erectile dysfunction in many cases. In fact, Dr. Magid-Katz says that 70 percent of men are suspected to have sleep apnea also have erectile dysfunction. “This is not surprising since testosterone and oxygen levels are important for sexual function, and testosterone levels rise during sleep. Sleep apnea interrupts the sleep cycles, resulting in lower levels of testosterone and thus erectile dysfunction,” she explains. “In addition, blood oxygen typically drops during apneic events, further contributing to sexual dysfunction.”
In addition to your partner’s complaint, this might be one of the greatest signals that something more serious is wrong, encouraging you to seek medical attention ASAP.
There are few good things that you can do for your health that are as simple and straightforward as getting enough sleep at night. From mental clarity and alertness to energy reserves and metabolism, you’ll feel the benefits from a good night’s rest in just about every way. Few things can prevent you from sleeping well, however, like back pain. Even with the best intentions and enough time to get the rest you need, discomfort in your lower back can keep you awake and make healing sleep elusive.