Does sleep have an impact on sex?

Yet another recently published article has linked sexual function in both women and men with sleep quality!

An article in the March 2019 volume of The Journal of Sexual Medicine looked at approximately 2,500 men and 1,400 women over 50.  They looked to see how sleep quality and duration correlated with sexual arousal and orgasm quality in both women and men and erection quality in men. Not surprisingly, in both men and women, arousal levels (libido) were lower with less quality sleep.  Men also had more difficulty getting and maintaining erections with less sleep.

Interestingly, poor sleep made it more difficult for women, but not men, to reach orgasm. In comparison, it was men who slept “too long” where orgasmic difficulty was seen, but this may be due to other medical issues like depression or apnea.

Their conclusion was that, “Older adults presenting sleep problems should be screened for sexual dysfunction and vice versa.”  I couldn’t have said it any better myself, except that I would have said that this would apply to everyone regardless of age.

At Maze Health, we screen every patient for sleep issues.  When sleep apnea is suspected due to questionnaire responses, we have the ability to send you home with an excellent sleep apnea test.  This means you don’t have to sleep overnight at a sleep lab.  If you do test positive, we will help you find the right method to treat your apnea. When looking into sexual dysfunction, we’re sure to take a whole person approach to discover any underlying issues a patient may have.

If you’re experiencing any form of sexual dysfunction, please contact us for more information on how we can help.


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