Men and women of different ages can experience sleep problems or insomnia but low testosterone has proven to be a contributor to sleep apnea in men. Sleep apnea exhibits itself through the blockage or interruption of breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea affects approximately 9% of men and is found more prevalently in heavier men as they age. The difficulty breathing causes loud snoring and can abruptly wake up the sufferer many times during the night. Testosterone has shown to help decrease the symptoms of sleep apnea. Studies have also shown that men with normal testosterone levels are more likely to enjoy REM, slow wave or deep sleep which allows regeneration and necessary for an optimally functioning body. Men with optimal testosterone levels are shown to have better and more restful sleep than men with Low T for a variety of reasons.
Insomnia and sleep apnea from andropause can also lead to fatigue, reduced insulin sensitivity and higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Repeated and prolonged bouts of insomnia will increase the body’s production of cortisol due to increased body stress. Adrenal fatigue is typically heightened as well which will aggravate fatigue and insomnia.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is generated in the central nervous system where the brain signal for breathing is delayed. Disease or injury affecting the brain stem is often the cause. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) on the other hand is caused by obstructed breathing passage ways. The breathing obstruction is typically do to restricted passages from obesity or decreased muscle tone frequent in andropause. Poor air passage through the nose and mouth can cause snoring and decreased oxygen flow that can cause frequent awakenings during the night. Men with Central Sleep Apnea rarely are able to experience deep, regenerative sleep and often suffer from fatigue. These issues are compounded if the man is in poor shape and overweight. Men with low t will more frequently suffer from CSA related obstructions.
A customized testosterone replacement therapy in conjunction with directed exercise and nutrition can help decrease the obstructed breathing passage ways of sleep apnea and balance your hormones and lifestyle to encourage restful, regenerative sleep. Your Hormone Therapeutics physician will assess your testosterone levels, insulin, cortisol and other measurements affected by poor and stressful sleep and help develop a customized program to give you better sleep, more energy, less irritability and the other conditions caused by sleep problems.
Your first step is to sign up today for a free consultation. Let Hormone Therapeutics develop a program for you to combat sleep problems and insomnia and live well, age well through a custom testosterone therapy program.
If you suffer from sleep problems and any of the symptoms below, you could be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy: