Sleep Deprivation and Its Connection to Your Waning Testosterone
Posted: September 16, 2015
We’ve all been groggy and unfocused at work due to lack of sleep, either because of choices we made or circumstances out of our control. The immediate effects of skimping on sleep are obvious: sluggishness and cravings for more coffee and a nap. But there are less obvious signs that you are too tired: becoming overly emotional, weird and continual food cravings, or feeling clumsier than usual. Most of the time, a solid night’s sleep will solve these problems.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. In reality, most of us don’t get that much. But too little sleep — six hours or less a night — can be stressful enough on your body to change your genetic makeup. One night of shortened sleep won’t put you at serious risk, but as little as one week can.
A new research study concluded that after just seven nights of too little sleep, more than 700 genetic changes could play a role in serious health issues, such as cardiovascular disease and obesity. Because sleep is such an important factor in our repairing and rejuvenating, we would be smart to guard our sleep hours like gold.
For men in middle age and beyond, another often overlooked factor that can degrade our quality of sleep is too little testosterone in our bloodstream.
Testosterone levels decline as men age. Once that deficit reaches a certain point, some common side effects emerge. One of these is the development of irregular or interrupted sleep patterns. Because sleep is proving to be a huge factor in good health, and males with low testosterone levels often experience sleep issues, it is important for men approaching middle age to have their testosterone levels checked.
This is where Low T Center comes in. With a simple blood test on your first visit, we can determine if you are a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy. If you are having trouble sleeping, or experiencing other common symptoms such as low energy, lack of motivation, or no sex drive, contact a Low T Center near you today.
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