Testosterone, Sleep, and Sexual Health

When it comes to sleep, testosterone may be the somewhat forgotten hormone.  We know a great deal about the importance of testosterone as the male sex hormone, its role in the body and the effects of testosterone deficits, particularly for men.  But there’s been relatively little attention paid to the effects of testosterone on sleep, for both men and women.  A recent review of research seeks to bring some much-needed attention to the role that testosterone plays in sleep.

Changes in testosterone levels occur naturally during sleep, both in men and women.  Testosterone levels rise during sleep and decrease during waking hours.  Research has shown that the highest levels of testosterone happen during REM sleep, the deep restorative sleep that occurs mostly late in the nightly sleep cycle.  Sleep disorders, including interrupted sleep, lack of sleep, and reductions in the amount of REM sleep, will frequently lead to low testosterone levels.  This is important for men and women.

Expanding The Awareness of Sleep Apnea

If you’re not achieving restorative sleep each night, your “sleep-debt” will erode your quality of life.  It’s impossible to treat if you aren’t diagnosed.  The first step is to be aware of the symptoms and then speak to your doctor. It’s like catching any other malignant problem; the earlier the better. It’s also equally important to look outward at family members, immediate and extended; whom you believe might have the symptoms mentioned.  Advice from a loved one usually goes a long way.

Hypertension And The Link To Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

The NHLBI reports that about one in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. It can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of the body. Another name for high blood pressure is “hypertension.”

High blood pressure is treated with lifestyle changes and medicines. Lifestyle changes include eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and quitting smoking. Most people with high blood pressure will need lifelong treatment.

Overview of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

People who have sleep apnea repeatedly stop and start breathing when they sleep. There are two main types of sleep apnea. The more common form is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. It happens when muscles in the back of the throat relax, narrowing the airway and making it hard to take in enough air. Central sleep apnea is less common. It happens when the brain doesn’t send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

A good night’s sleep increases the cardiovascular benefits of a healthy lifestyle

A good night’s sleep can increase the benefit of exercise, healthy diet, moderate alcohol consumption and non-smoking in their protection against cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to results of a large population follow-up study.(1) Results showed that the combination of the four traditional healthy lifestyle habits was associated with a 57% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (fatal and non-fatal) and a 67% lower risk of fatal events.(2) But, when “sufficient sleep” (defined as seven or more hours a night) was added to the other four lifestyle factors, the overall protective benefit was even further increased – and resulted in a 65% lower risk of composite CVD and a 83% lower risk of fatal events.

CPAP therapy improves golf performance in men with sleep apnea

A new study suggests that treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy improves golf performance in middle-aged men.

Results show that up to six months of treatment with CPAP therapy was associated with significant improvements in self-reported excessive daytime sleepiness and sleep-related quality of life.  Participants treated with CPAP therapy also experienced a significant drop of 11 percent in their average handicap index, a standardized formula that estimates a golfer’s skill level.  Among the more skilled golfers who had a baseline handicap index of 12 or less, the average handicap index dropped by 31.5 percent. Participants attributed their enhanced performance to factors such as improved concentration, endurance and decision making.

CPAP – Benefits

CPAP can prevent or reverse serious consequences of obstructive sleep apnea. The treatment can help protect you from these serious health risks:

Heart disease

By treating your sleep apnea, you can reduce your risk of heart disease. Sleep apnea is linked to a variety of heart problems because it causes you to stop breathing many times each night. These pauses cause changes in the pressure on your heart and can cause changes in your blood oxygen levels. This puts an enormous strain on your heart.

Southern California’s Sleep Data Moves Into A New Facility In Kearny Mesa

Healthcare company Sleep Data moved into its new San Diego headquarters in Kearny Mesa at 5471 Kearny Villa Road on February 1, 2017. Sleep Data moves into the 16,000 square foot space that’s been specifically designed and constructed to cost effectively diagnose and treat people with obstructive sleep apnea. The company has grown from 30 employees in 2012 to over 100 in 2016.

Sleep apnea linked to greater melanoma aggressiveness

Increased aggressiveness of malignant cutaneous melanoma is associated with untreated severe obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.

“The relationship between sleep apnea and heart disease, as well as with automotive accidents, is already well established,” Miguel Angel Martinez-Garcia, MD, PhD, of Polytechnic and University La Fe Hospital in Valencia, Spain, said in a press release. “Based on our study, it seems a relationship between sleep apnea and cancer may also exist.”