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 […]

What’s the Link Between Erectile Dysfunction And Heart Disease?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that’s usually treated by urologists with medications. In the sleep medicine literature, there are numerous studies showing that many men with ED have undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and that treating OSA can significantly improve or even cure ED. Here’s one of many papers (PDF). Even in my […]

How Erectile Dysfunction Can Cause Alzheimer’s

Not too surprisingly, focusing on lifestyle habits that control heart disease or taking medications to lower high blood pressure or cholesterol levels can also help symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED).  Dr. Stephen Kopecky, professor of medicine and cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic, and author of the paper published in Archives of Internal Medicine, quotes, “It’s […]

Nasal Polyps And Erectile Dysfunction: How It May Link To Sleep Apnea

I just came across this article showing that treating nasal polyps with sinus surgery can help men with erectile disfunction (ED). My initial reaction was that any type of nasal surgery can help with sleep-breathing problems, whether or not it’s obstructive sleep apnea. The authors studied 35 patients who were confirmed to have nasal polyps. […]

Viagra, Raynaud’s & Sleep Apnea

Viagra is still a popular drug that’s used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. It works by relaxing smooth muscle in blood vessels, allowing blood to enter the penis. A recent study showed that it can also help people with Raynaud’s phenomenon, where small blood vessels in the hands or feet go into spasm […]