Hey girls – does this turn you on?
Didn’t think so. Nonetheless this unattractive gismo can affect your sex life. While a CPAP device is just about the least attractive thing a man can wear, it could wind up improving his ability to “satisfy your needs,” according to a new study recently released at an annual meeting of sleep experts.
Doctors from the Sleep Disorders Center of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center have found that erectile dysfunction (ED) is common in younger men with sleep apnea. However, providing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) apparently can reverse symptoms of ED and increase a man’s libido. Moreover, how a man’s penis is working can reflect how the rest of his body is working. Among other things, ED can be an early sign of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and poor general fitness.
The study observed 92 men with an average age of 46 who had severe obstructive sleep apnea and were beginning therapy with a CPAP machine. Of the 92 men, almost half reported ED. The men were assessed after receiving t one, three, and six months of CPAP therapy. More than half of the men with mild ED noticed an improvement after CPAP use. Nearly 29 percent of those with moderate ED improved, and more than 27 percent of those with severe ED saw positive changes. Sexual desire also tended to improve generally.
So what’s the connection? One doctor noted that during REM sleep, men get erections in something like a “nocturnal workout” of penis. Since sleep apnea interferes with REM sleep, penises may not be getting this workout, leading to dysfunction.