Snoring and its effect on erectile function

Emobileclinic Researchers Corner 


Snoring is a sound produced or generated whenever there is any obstruction in the airways during sleep. Snoring is serious health issue and also a night time annoyance. It affects a significant part of the population. It is expected that while you sleep and snore, there will be a reduction in the oxygen level needed by the body. There is a connection between snoring and erectile dysfunction which leads through a tiny piece of tissue in the throat known as the carotid body.


This tiny piece of tissue is responsible for sensing oxygen levels.
It is impossible to have erection without an oxygen-rich blood. When the body is deprived of oxygen as it occurs in a high percentage of snorers with sleep apnea, it will be difficult to have erection.

According to a study conducted by Case Western University, it was demonstrated that, whenever the oxygen levels drop off at night which can occur when you snore, the carotid body sends an alarm throughout your body.
Also, in a 2012 study from Universidade do Porto in Portugal, it was discovered that 64% of men who suffer from sleep apnea also have erectile dysfunction. That is almost 2 out of 3.
One of the reasons that sleep apnea affects erections is that interrupted sleep raises blood pressure and when the body is deprived of oxygen, it raised an alarm. The body response to the alarm is by raising the blood pressure which causes hypertension; one of the leading cause of erectile dysfunction.
Additional proof of the connection between oxygen intake and erectile dysfunction stems from studies involving drugs to treat erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction accounted for 60% to 70% of heart failure in outpatients clinic, according to a study published in 2002 by the American Heart Association. And drugs which improved erectile dysfunction in cardiac failure patients also increased the body’s ability to take in oxygen.
Furthermore, in 2004, a study published in the March Issue of the Journal of Urology shown that 50% of those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea did not experience morning erections. Remember, 50% of heavy snorers experience this type of obstructive sleep apnea in which they stop breathing for about 15 seconds many times during the night. An earlier study published in the May 2001 by the American College of Maxillofacial Surgeons also found that 50% of snorers with obstructive sleep apnea also had erectile dysfunction.
Obviously, the body’s ability to take in oxygen affects the quality of the erections, whereas, anything which decreases the body’s ability to take in oxygen also decreases your ability to sustain an erection.

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Snoring decreases your oxygen intake. As a result, there is an indirect but powerful connection between snoring and the risk of developing erectile dysfunction. People who snore have higher risk for developing erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke. Erections are like any other parts of the body that must be adequately take care. Maintaining the erectile function involves avoiding obesity, doing regular right exercises and, perhaps most critically, doing everything to keep night time oxygen high.


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