Many factors can impact a man’s sex life: Stress, low testosterone, diet, medications, and more. Another component many people do not realize is sleep. These three sleep issues can affect your mood and performance under the covers.
Sleep deprivation. It’s common sense that a lack of sleep can result in reduced energy. It can also make people irritable, which can directly impact a relationship. Being a cranky, cross partner can make the thought of sex unappealing, even if you have the strength and energy to perform. In addition, chronic sleep deprivation, which can occur even on six hours of sleep a night, can reduce testosterone levels, significantly decreasing libido. Sleep deprivation can also result in increased appetite and weight gain – which in turn reduces self confidence. To make sure you’re in an optimal state for sex, try to get seven to eight hours a night of sleep.
Snoring. Snoring can take a definite toll on a relationship in many ways. It’s disruptive to the person who’s snoring because it reduces quality and quantity of sleep. And for the person sleeping next to the snorer, it can cause poor sleep, increased resentment, and even the desire to sleep in the other room, which adds distance and negative feelings to the relationship. If snoring is an issue, it’s important to figure out the cause of the snoring, as it could be a sign of other issues that can affect health and libido, such as alcohol abuse, smoking, aging, and medications.
Schedules. Sometimes having sex is just a matter of timing. If you go to bed earlier than your partner, you may be sound asleep before your partner arrives in the mood. If your partner goes to bed first, and you’re not ready to turn in, you could miss a prime opportunity. For sex to happen, you have to get in sync. However, it’s important to do this without “forcing” the other person into your routine. Agreeing on a time when you both will be present in the moment may not be romantic, but it may be necessary to ensuring you're on the same page at night time.
Getting a handle on these sleep issues can improve your health and your sex life. If you are having difficulty sleeping, or believe you may have a sleep condition such as sleep apnea, consult your doctor. And for more information on ways to improve your sexual mood and performance, combat ED, and regain the life you love, browse our resources here.