According to a new study reported on CNN, regular use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine could improve the sex lives of people with obstructive sleep apnea -- especially women.
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is one of the most commonly diagnosed sleep disorders. Sleep apnea affects approximately 25% of men and 9% of women. This equates to millions of Americans. You probably know someone affected by this condition.
WHO GETS SLEEP APNEA
Most people with obstructive sleep apnea are above their ideal body weight. But 25% of people with OSAS are not obese.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNEA
Symptoms can be divided into day time symptoms and night time symptoms. Night symptoms include difficulty falling or staying asleep, snoring, restless sleep, waking up more than once to urination and leg jerks. Daytime symptoms include waking up with a headache, irritable behavior, low energy, excessive daytime sleepiness.
HOW CAN SLEEP APNEA BE TREATED
There are multiple ways to treat sleep apnea. The most common treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A CPAP machine consists of a hose and mask to deliver constant and steady air pressure while a person sleeps. Treatment is thought to improve daytime and night time symptoms.
Shortly after publishing “ How to love your CPAP machine: Secrets from a sleep specialist” available on Amazon, several patients commented that the machine increased their interest and improved stamina. So when I saw an article describing research documenting a correlation between one’s sex life, I just had to read more and share with others.
I’ve posted some of the CNN article here: The researchers found that, overall, use of the airway pressure machines for at least four hours every night significantly improved perceived sexual quality of life in men and women, based on a self-reported questionnaire. Specifically, they found that regular use of the machines improved sex life by an average of 0.7 points on a scale of 0 to 5.
The new findings also suggest that wearing a CPAP machine may not be detrimental to one's sex life, as some people believe, according to Pelayo, a sleep researcher at Stanford University Hospital. The precise mechanisms linking improved sleep with improved sexual functioning are also not fully known, Pelayo added.
IS CPAP MORE HELPFUL FOR WOMEN COMPARED TO MEN
It appears CPAP may be more helpful for women than men. This is because women don’t have erectile dysfunction. With the early and consistent use of CPAP, some sleep specialists believe erectile dysfunction can be delayed.
Improvement in sexual function is just one of the many benefits of usingCPAP. Read more of the CNN report at https://www.news4jax.com/health/using-cpap-machine-may-improve-sex-life-study-says