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Friday, September 8, 2006

Sleep Apnea and Sexual Function

A very interesting study was recently performed in a hospital in Turkey to see whether there was a relationship between sleep apnea in women and lowered sexual function. This issue has been known to be true in men, but not yet studied in women.

The Study:

25 women , with an average age of 48 with an average marriage length of 26 years who were having intercourse 3 times per month found that as their Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) became more and more severe (the number of times per hour that they stopped breathing worsened) that there was a negative impact on all areas of sexual function except for pain and enjoyment.

Although this seems obvious, it should be important to those who are untreated for apnea, because not just their physical health but their sexual health is affected by OSA.

I talk more about this in my new book Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s Guide to Better Sleep and Better Health, available Sept 21st on

Related Topics: Troubleshoot Your Sex Life, Sex Saboteurs (WebMD Video)

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Posted by: Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM at 1:53 pm

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