According to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, sleep loss can sigificantly lower testosterone levels in otherwise healthy young men.
Wow. That is like a sucker punch below the belt. Testosterone and Men! Men and Testosterone. The two things go together. Without Testosterone we are “girly men”. Not a pleasant picture. So what is going on here and why is our (my) testosterone under attack?
Dr. Cauter, in the JAMA article says that men who sleep less than 5 hrs per night had significantly lower levels of testosterone. That has negative consequences for reproduction (lower sperm count), muscle mass, bone density and sexual behavior. He also says that lower testosterone levels are associated with reduced “well being” and “vigor”. He estimated that skipping sleep reduces a young man’s testosterone by the same amount as “aging 10 to 15 years”.
Overall, sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality disrupt the Endocrine System, affecting many of our less known hormones resulting in increased aging and age related diseases.
If you want to stay healthy or get healthy then good sleep is just as important as a good diet and exercise. If you snore at night and feel tired during the day, you may have Sleep Apnea and should tell you doctor about it now. Don’t let your health be stolen by poor sleep and sleep related problems. Contact my office today.