Sleep Apnea & Sex (Podcast 024)

What You Need to Know

In this episode, Kathy and I talk about one thing that most people don’t think about when sleep apnea is mentioned: Sexual and reproductive problems. Find out:

  • How sleep apnea can lower your sex drive
  • Surprising statistics on erectile dysfunction and its’ association with obstructive sleep apnea 
  • Why men’s sperm counts are dropping rapidly
  • The role of stress in sleep apnea, and how it affects your sex life
  • Why zebras don’t get ulcers.

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Show notes:

Goncalves, M. A., et al. “Erectile dysfunction, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and nasal CPAP treatment.” Sleep medicine 6.4 (2005): 333-339.

Hirshkowitz, Max, et al. “Prevalence of sleep apnea in men with erectile dysfunction.” Urology 36.3 (1990): 232-234.

The Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Erectile Dysfunction

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Dr. Robert Sapolsky

Subramanian, Shyam, et al. “Sexual dysfunction in women with obstructive sleep apnea.” Sleep and Breathing 14.1 (2010): 59-62.

Petersen, Marian, et al. “Sexual function in female patients with obstructive sleep apnea.” The journal of sexual medicine 8.9 (2011): 2560-2568.

Low testosterone heart attacks and sleep apnea

Carlsen, Elisabeth, et al. “Evidence for decreasing quality of semen during past 50 years.” Bmj 305.6854 (1992): 609-613.

Rolland, Matthieu, et al. “Decline in semen concentration and morphology in a sample of 26 609 men close to general population between 1989 and 2005 in France.” Human Reproduction (2012): des415.

Gaskins, Audrey Jane, et al. “Physical activity and television watching in relation to semen quality in young men.” British journal of sports medicine(2013): bjsports-2012.

Agarwal, Ashok, et al. “Effect of cell phone usage on semen analysis in men attending infertility clinic: an observational study.” Fertility and sterility 89.1 (2008): 124-128.

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2 thoughts on “Sleep Apnea & Sex (Podcast 024)

  1. Another great podcast! You two have a wonderful synergy, and make learning fun. Well done.
    You know, if you want to get the attention of the 80-90% of undiagnosed women– just do a podcast on how sleep disordered breathing effects their looks and makes them age faster!
    You can also tie this in with low thyroid function which now the holistic community anyways is focusing on with their many summits: I have listened to at least 3 of them– “Thyroid Summit”, “Thyroid Sessions”, “Healing Hashimotos Summit”– and of the total of 90 or so speakers only one mentioned the possible need to check for sleep apnea. (UARS is not even on the map for these folks.) I just saw a link to a “Thyroid Fat Loss Summit”. There is another possible in with women– if you want to get their attention.
    With men– its sex. With women– its looks or weight!
    You can talk about how they can take a saliva cortisol test at midnight, then another at rising. If the AM cortisol is too high– this will lead to saggy skin on the face. Talk about this and you be sure to get their attention.
    I wish someone had drilled it into me what my future would be back in the 90’s when I was grinding my teeth and having GERD. Little did I know I would end up with a retruded jaw, discolored teeth from the acid reflux, and long wrinkles down my face from the high cortisol. I ignored my obvious sleep/breathing problem for 14 years– and now am paying the price.
    You would be doing hundreds of thousands of women a big favor if you would speak from this perspective. Think of how much they spend on beauty creams– when what they really need to do is understand the scenario behind premature aging.
    Bless you Dr Park and Kathy…
    Can’t wait for your digestion podcast!