Is Sleep Apnea the Cause of My Lack of Sex Drive?

Playing Is Sleep Apnea Linked to a Low Libido?

Sleep specialist Dr. Raj Dasgupta answers a viewer’s question about her lack of sex drive. She says she believes she has undiagnosed sleep apnea and asks, “Could that be linked to my low libido?” Dr. Dasgupta says, “Definitely.”

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He shares that obstructive sleep apnea can cause a decrease in sexual desire, a decrease in sensation and less lubrication. The reason for this? Hormones. Testosterone and cortisol are both altered and this can have a negative effect on libido.

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Dr. Dasgupta says to use diet, weight loss and exercise to help your libido but also, CPAP, a machine used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Dasgupta's advice? “Get diagnosed, get treated, and get busy!”