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What if any effect does sleep apnea in men and women have on love making?
Sarah: Well, if you stopped breathing and woke up several times a night (or, in some cases, every couple of minutes), your sleep quality would certainly suffer and you wouldn’t be as rested. In general, it’s just hard to get in the mood when you’re that tired; sex, after all, requires some effort. And it’s pretty hard to get hot for even the hottest of partners when your sleep is measured in minutes instead of hours. If you want to test this theory, find the closest new parent (6 months or less) and ask them how sexy they feel on the average day.
Dr. Debby: One of the more common effects is that people with sleep apnea often feel tired or low-energy, which can impact desire. Sometimes sleep apnea is associated with obesity or diabetes, and each of those can contribute to sexual difficulties (including erectile difficulties) as well. If you have concerns about your or your physical health, please check in with a healthcare provider. Lifestyle changes such as better eating and exercise can greatly enhance people’s health and sexual function, though sometimes medications are helpful too and your healthcare provider can best advise you.