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By oxymed23338999, Oct 20 2016 01:14PM

Morning wood – ever think you’d miss it? If you are one of the eighteen million Americans with sleep apnea, there is a good chance you might be missing it right now. Sleep apnea, which comes from the ancient Greek word for “want of breath,” might as well mean, “want of erection.” According to multiple studies and questionnaires, doctors are finding a direct link between sleep apnea and not being able to get it up, which is one of the more disheartening symptoms of the mysterious sleep disorder. The bright side, however, is that a recent study has found that use of a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea can resolve and improve erectile dysfunction and thus sexual libido – some men are even saying it has changed their sex lives for the better.

The results were staggering; with regular nightly CPAP use a whopping 41% of men said that their erectile dysfunction had disappeared completely.

Indeed, men are happily reporting occurrences of “morning wood” for the first time to their doctors after regular, nightly CPAP treatment to increase airflow and breathing. Currently, there is no consensus as to why sleep apnea causes impotence and erectile dysfunction in men, but there are two leading theories. One of the theories is that because sleep apnea causes cessations in crucial resting states, levels of testosterone – a man’s mojo – dip to levels too low for the magic to happen. Another theory is that sleep apnea affects the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for bodily functions like digestion, crying, and sexual arousal. I guess when you’re constantly fighting for air in your sleep, it doesn’t really put you in the mood – the same as fighting off a mortal enemy wouldn’t either.

But can a machine that makes you look like a cybernetic organism and sound like every villain in every movie ever actually put you in the mood? – Apparently, it does. Everyone knows that it’s hard to talk about erections, but Dr. Joseph Dombrowsky had to do it. Dr. Dombrowsky, an army captain and doctor at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and a team of researchers led the way on a study to find out if a CPAP machine improved the sexual functions of men with sleep apnea. The staggering results showed that a whopping 41% of men said that their erectile dysfunction had disappeared completely.

Dr. Dombrowsky and his team gathered and recruited 92 men for their study. The average age of the men was 46 – and most of the men were overweight. Out of the 92, 42% had erectile dysfunction and the others experienced a decreased libido –otherwise a rather unhappy bunch as you can imagine. The men were then organized based on the severity of their erectile dysfunction and libido issues and were observed over a six-month period. With regular use of increased airflow throughout the night as provided by a CPAP machine, a little over half of the men – about 54% – described improved sexual functions. Some of the men said they were basically cured and probably thanked the heavens and ran home to tell their significant others the good news.

When it comes down to it, we may never know exactly why sleep apnea causes erectile dysfunction in some men – it could be a combination of a number of different factors – but what we do know is that CPAP treatments can save your life and possibly your sex life too. And if you are worried about how the CPAP machine might affect your chances in bed – you shouldn’t, because if you are rearing to go, she won’t be thinking of anything else, especially if it’s been a while.

By oxymed23338999, Oct 17 2016 02:14PM

Were you recently diagnosed with sleep apnea or have a family member who just started using a CPAP device? You're not alone. In addition to an estimated 20 million Americans who have sleep apnea, there are lots of celebrities (both men and women) who have also publicly shared their struggles with the disease. Who do you know on this list of 20 celebrities?

1. Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player

2. Reggie White, football player

Died from complications of sleep apnea

3. William Shatner, actor

4. Rosie O'Donnell, actor and comedian

5. Jerry Garcia, musician

Died from complications of sleep apnea

6. Regis Philbin, media personality

7. Roseanne Barr, actor and comedian

8. Quincy Jones, music executive

9. Randy Jackson, musician and music producer

10. John Candy, actor

11. Anne Rice, author

12. Brett Favre, football player

13. William Howard Taft, 27th US president

14. JaMarcus Russell, football player

15. Larry the Cable Guy, comedian

16. Graham Elliot, celebrity chef

17. Justin Tennison, star in reality TV show The Deadliest Catch

Died from complications of sleep apnea

18. Adam Savage, host of Mythbusters

19. George Kennedy, actor

20. Andy Richter, comedian

Sleep apnea is a serious disease. If untreated, sleep apnea can lead to health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Diagnosis can be made in a sleep center or, for some patients, at home. Therapy, like CPAP, can eliminate the negative health effects of sleep apnea.

By oxymed23338999, Sep 19 2016 03:59PM

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By oxymed23338999, Jun 28 2016 11:33PM

Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. And if you snore, it’s a good idea to speak to your primary healthcare professional or a sleep expert about being evaluated for the sleep disorder sleep apnea or participating in a sleep study.

But according to a new study, you may also want to schedule a visit with your dermatologist: Spanish researchers support previous theories that sleep apnea may be a risk factor for melanoma.

The Skin Cancer Foundation notes that melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

The Skinny on Sleep Apnea

The study isn’t the first one to examine the connection between skin cancer and sleep apnea. But it is the largest study to connect the dots.

Previous studies have pointed to a link between sleep apnea and both the increased risk of developing, and dying from, melanoma. Some experimental animal studies in mice indicate the reduced oxygen levels in the blood associated with untreated sleep apnea enhances the growth of cancerous tumors.

In the new study on humans, 60.7 percent of participants with melanoma had sleep apnea and 14.3 percent had severe sleep apnea. The results found the melanoma was more aggressive as the severity of sleep apnea increased. The severity of the sleep apnea also was linked with other factors of aggressiveness, including the growth rate or the depth of invasion of the tumor.

Continually Protecting Your Skin

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 (higher is better) as one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

But for those with untreated sleep apnea, that’s not enough—treatment of sleep apnea can be critical in significantly reducing their risk of developing melanoma, according to the Spanish study. Luckily, treatment is relatively easy and can be highly effective.

The most common form of therapy used to treat sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Your doctor may prescribe this treatment following an evaluation, which may include a sleep study, and diagnosis.

Worried your skin could be at risk? If you’ve been told you snore or stop breathing during the night by your sleep partner, are often fatigued or take naps during the day or wake frequently during the night, talk to your health care professional about the possibility you may have sleep apnea. Or take this quick quiz to further assess your risk.

By oxymed23338999, May 26 2016 05:26PM

If you wake up and are still tired that could be a sign that you have sleep apnea. Over 12 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which has already been linked to hypertension, heart attack, traffic accidents, and depression. Individuals with sleep apnea experienced paused breathing numerous times throughout the night disrupting their sleep thus contributing to daytime tiredness.

Men have double the risk of sleep apnea compared to women. Other risk factors include alcohol intake, weight, family history, and having a nasal obstruction.

The most common treatment of sleep apnea is with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which is a mask worn throughout the night to ensure breathing continues. Lifestyle habits, too, can benefit those with sleep apnea, like losing weight and modifying certain medications.

There are currently no drugs approved for sleep apnea, but sometimes doctors will prescribe medications to sleep apnea patients in order to combat daytime fatigue.

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, speak with your doctor to be tested at a sleep clinic. If you already have a diagnosis of sleep apnea, ensure you are following your treatment plan in order to lower your risk of the many complications associated with sleep apnea.

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