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Snoring & Erectile Dysfunction

Learn how snoring can cause erectile dysfunction in this Howcast video.

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Both snoring and erectile dysfunction are common conditions that exist in this country.

To realize that they are common conditions, if you ask any woman who has to sleep next to a guy, they will tell you that their partner either has erectile dysfunction or snoring. It affects the partner probably more than the person themselves.

But regardless, there's not a direct association between snoring and erectile dysfunction. However, snoring may be an indicator of some other medical processes that may be going on. More specifically, a condition called sleep apnea. This is a condition where you have obstruction of the airway, and at night it can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night, cause feelings of tiredness all the time, sleeping during the daytime or feeling not rested. This can be all signs of sleep apnea.

Incidentally, sleep apnea is also associated with an increased risk of obesity, which is then linked to other potential medical problems. Obesity increases risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol.

So, although snoring is not directly related to our erectile dysfunction, snoring may be associated with sleep apnea in some cases. Which then is related to all of these other medical conditions, which can have an affect on erections.

Because all of these medical conditions can then reduce the nerve signals that go to the penile area, or the blood flow that goes there, and in that way can affect the person's ability to have erections. So if you do have snoring, and you have some of these symptoms that we've talked about, then it may be in your best interest to be evaluated by your primary care doctor. And undergo further evaluation for conditions such as sleep apnea.

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