According to The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), a lack of sleep may be directly correlated with the amount of testosterone produced by men. The level of testosterone in men naturally declines by 1 to 2 percent a year as a man ages. But researchers have discovered that a lack of sleep also decreases testosterone levels by 10 to 15 percent.
While JAMA’s study was small in scale with only 10 men, around the age of 24, a previous study on 12 older men, between the ages of 64-74, had similar conclusions.
Published in the journal Sleep, the amount of nighttime sleep measured in healthy older men was found to be an independent indicator of their morning total and free testosterone levels. The less sleep they got each night, the less testosterone they produced.
So what’s this got to do with sex? Well, testosterone is a leading hormone in men’s sex drives and thus, preserving it is essential if you want a vivacious sex life.
Additionally, it’s no secret that low testosterone levels are linked to metabolic syndrome, which can increase the odds of developing hear disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Not to mention, a good night of sleep is a great asset for preserving mental and physical health.
Researchers have found that inadequate sleep often impacts men’s moods and vigor, along with any marital relationships that they have. As more research is done on this subject, it’s definitely worth men reevaluating how much time they’re saving for a good night of sleep.
Men, have you noticed a decrease in your sex drive when you lack sleep? Share your experience.
Source: Huffington Post