Testosterone and Sleep – Are You Getting Enough of Both?
Testosterone is one of the most important hormones in men. If you don’t have enough you will encounter a series of health issues. Some of those issues are mild but others can be more serious.
You are probably asking yourself, how serious can low testosterone be?
Young men probably will not think twice about low testosterone, the older you get the more likely you will notice subtle changes in your body.
Some of those changes can be harsh, the number one complaint from most men is poor sex drive erection quality. If this does not seem important it should be.
Besides poor sex drive, low testosterone can cause symptoms of fatigue, cause you to gain weight and make you feel weak and lethargic.
Put simply, there is nothing worse than suffering from low testosterone. I know I have suffered from it first hand and it is not fun.
You may explain to your wife a couple of times if you can’t get an erection but doing it often gets old.
What Does Research Say about Low Testosterone?
This area of men’s health research is still in a preliminary stage, with many studies exploring hormonal, health, and lifestyle variables, showing some conflicting results.
One study tracked 531 Asian Chinese men between the ages of 29 and 72 years old. Researchers measured total and bioavailable testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin, estradiol (E2), and DHEAS or dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate from blood samples gathered in the morning.
Sleeping patterns and sexual activities were monitored through questionnaires.
Their results showed that unsatisfactory sleeping patterns, reduced sex steroid hormones, and reduced sexual activities were associated with aging.
The researchers suggest that promoting good sleeping patterns may be considered for adjunctive therapy in men with low androgen levels (Goh, Sleep, sex steroid hormones, sexual activities, and aging in Asian men, Journal of Andrology, August 2009).
Waking Up During the Night
Another study assessed 1312 men over the age of 65 years, within the United States, and followed up with another assessment about 3 years later.
Testosterone levels less than 250 ng/dl were defined as low. Sleeping patterns including duration, fragmentation, and apnea were measured with a one-night, in-home, polysomnography test. Other health variables were included in the study.
While they found no association between low testosterone levels in older men and sleep duration, they did find a low testosterone sleep association when there were more sleeping disturbances, including waking up in the night.
Obesity in these older men also turned out to be a factor in their hormonal levels (Barrett-Connor, The association of testosterone levels with overall sleep quality, sleep architecture, and sleep-disordered breathing, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, July 2008).
Researchers in Israel tested 10 normal men for serum testosterone levels and REM episodes. They found that the normal hormonal rise in the morning occurred only in those men with REM episodes, and did not occur in those men with fragmented non-REM sleeping patterns.
Other variables discussed included postural change related protein concentrations, circadian clock oscillators, melatonin, core body temperature, cortisol concentration, and other hormonal levels (Luboshitzky, Disruption of the nocturnal testosterone rhythm by sleep fragmentation in normal men, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Vol 86, 3, 2001).
A 2007 testosterone sleep study showed that less sleep was associated with lower morning testosterone levels, while sleep apnea research shows wide individual variations.
Regardless of the initial research results, the benefits of healthy sleeping are widely recognized by people of all ages.
Why are These Studies Important?
The studies are essential because it should be important to note how important proper rest is important for boosting testosterone. Many olde men suffer from low testosterone and in many situations, it is due from proper health habits.
Lack of exercise, excess alcohol consumption can all affect sleep patterns. There are ways to increase testosterone with medical TRT but this is often not a suitable long-term option. The best thing to do is to adopt a good diet and exercise plan which can help you get a better nights sleep.