My husband is 31 years old and a loud snorer. He is not obese, and a borderline BP patient. He had a sleep study 2 years ago and was told he has got sleep apnea and given a CPAP machine to use. But he is not at all comfortable to use it. It is in the shelf.
We both are in IT profession and he being sleepy all day cannot concentrate in his work, got several warning from his team leader. He is worried he may lose his job. He is very much depressed.
These days he lost interest in our sex life, it is affecting us emotionally .We have no children. I feel sorry for him; as he is shy to ask for help, I write this, please help us.
A very common cry for help from a young couple. I see lot of young people coming forth for treatment in my clinic with snoring and sleep apnea. A decade or two ago, it was mainly middle aged and old were seeking treatment, but now a days more youngsters are affected by this killer disorder-OSA.
Sleep apnea is a respiratory disorder that affects millions of people around the world. Its most common manifestation is loud snoring and it may occur several hundred times throughout the night, resulting in sleep fragmentation and excessive daytime sleepiness. Loud snoring is a sign of Sleep apnea, which is deadly disorder which can kill you.
Snoring, in addition to being a social and medical challenge, can have negative impact on the sexual functioning of the snorer.
Apart from snoring being a social nuisance, it can affect ones sex life adversely. Sleeping in separate bed room is the first bad sign. Remember, what you do best in bed- having sleep and having sex, both are affected by snoring.
Males who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) produce lower levels of testosterone, resulting in decreased libido and sexual activity, according to researchers. They found that nearly half the subjects who suffered from severe sleep apnea also secreted abnormally low levels of testosterone throughout the night.
Studies have found that a significant number of heavy snorers have reduced sexual drive. Quite a few of snoring men also experience erection dysfunction (EJD).
Sleep apnea can inhibit sexuality because of oxygen deprivation, fatigue and depression.
It can also lead to other complications, including high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack or stroke, and excessive daytime sleepiness. All of these conditions can suppress a healthy interest in sex.
Once diagnosed as having OSA, there are only 3 options
1. Use a CPAP rest of your life
2. Get surgical treatment
3. Die of medical complications or as sudden death while sleeping
Help yourself tips-
and Weight Loss: Losing about 10 to 25 percent of total body weight often reduces the symptoms and intensity of snoring.
and Decrease Alcohol: Don’t drink alcohol late at night. Drinking before bedtime increases snoring in those who already do snore, and can cause it in those who normally don’t. Alcohol is a nervous system depressant.
and Sleeping on a low pillow helps keep your neck straight and your air passage open and sleep on your side.
and Avoid sedatives, sleeping pills or narcotics before bed: These depress the central nervous system and increase snoring. Some cold remedies can have similar effects.
and Stop Smoking: Smoking increases snoring because it irritates and enlarges mucous membranes in the nose and throat and reduces the overall oxygen uptake ability in the lungs. It also may inhibit the production of testosterone, the hormone that causes sexual drive, and cause blockages of the penile arteries.
Don\’t give up Hope-Help is at hand. And get treated, it is a deadly illness, take it…
To get a sleep study done from the comfort of your own home, please contact ENT clinic at Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, kerala, India: Email [email protected]
Cost of Home Sleep study: approx Rs 5000 in and around southern districts of Kerala.
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