Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sleep Apnea Causes Other Problems in Bed

Posted by Neill Abayon

Men with sleep apnea may suffer from a treatable form of erectile dysfunction caused by regular deprivation of oxygen experienced during their episodes of obstructed breathing.

A study on mice found that one week of chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) -- lack of oxygen suffered during obstructive sleep apnea syndrome -- resulted in a 55 percent decline in daily spontaneous erections. After five weeks, the length of time between mice attempts at mating increased, on average, by 60-fold.

However, when the mice went back on standard oxygen levels for six weeks, they recovered 74 percent of their original erectile function.

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