Burdens related to poor sleep may put men with sleep apnea at increased risk of erectile dysfunction.
In a study of 713 male patients who visited Seoul National University Hospital for snoring and/or daytime sleepiness from 2006 to 2014, depressive symptoms and a low quality of life due to sleep problems were clearly linked to erectile dysfunction.
The findings suggest that psychological interventions may improve the sexual health of men with sleep apnea.
"It is important that physicians ask male obstructive sleep apnea patients if they have any erectile dysfunction. If yes, any psychological problems including depression should be considered," said Dr. Hyun-Woo Shin, co-author of The Journal of Sexual Medicine study.
Study: Low Quality of Life and Depressive Symptoms as an Independent Risk Factor for Erectile Dysfunction in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Yung Jin Jeon MD, Dae Wui Yoon PhD, Doo Hee Han MD, PhD, Tae-Bin Won MD, PhD, Dong-Young Kim MD, PhD and Hyun-Woo Shin MD, PhD, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, doi: 10.1111/jsm.13021, published online 19 October 2015.