Sleep apnea is a very common and quite significant health issue. One method of treating sleep apnea is “continuous positive airway pressure therapy” or CPAP. This comes with a near 100% success rate. And this method of treatment has a brand-new, unintended effect. It could improve sexual function and satisfaction in men.
This health breakthrough comes out of Maryland, where the function and libido of 92 men were assessed after they began CPAP therapy. All had sleep apnea. Impotence is a common issue among sleep apnea patients, with nearly half experiencing it. In this study, patients were assessed again after one, three and six months of CPAP therapy.
RECOMMENDED: Sleep Problems Could Turn Deadly
The results show that CPAP improved the sexual function and satisfaction in the majority of men in the study regardless of their level of impotence. The study found “robust improvements” in this regard. Researchers were surprised how prevalent impotence is among a relatively young sample of men with sleep apnea. The average age in this study was 45.
They were also surprised at how significant a response these men had with CPAP therapy.
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the airway, causing the body to stop breathing during sleep. It disrupts sleep and can increase the risk of other health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.
CPAP is the most common and effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. The steady flow of air from a CPAP machine keeps the airway open and restores normal oxygen levels during sleep. This helps maintain a steady, healthy level of breathing through the right.