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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked to Sexual Dysfunction in Both Men and Women

Dec 01, 2015

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked to Sexual Dysfunction in Both Men and WomenPeople with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have higher rates of sexual dysfunction than those without the disorder, according to an analysis by Chinese researchers.

When a person has OSA, he or she stops breathing for short but repeated periods during the night. This occurs because the airway passage becomes blocked in some way. For example, a large tongue or tonsils might cause the obstruction.

One of the most noticeable symptoms of OSA is loud snoring. Often, the person is not aware of the situation, but the bed partner notices. The person may wake several times during the night gasping for air.

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Obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to sexual dysfunction in both men and women. (Click to tweet)

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As a result, people with sleep apnea typically feel fatigued and sleepy during the day, may be irritable and forgetful, and could have difficulty concentrating.

OSA can be associated with sexual problems, too, but past research has had mixed results. To learn more, the group of scientists analyzed nine medical studies on the subject and published their findings in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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