You Want Sex Life Solution? Depression is common among men and women with sleep apnea—and it hurts sex and intimacy.
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solution of Depression and Sleep Apnea for Your Sex Life
The depression that can go hand-in-hand with untreated OSA too often gets overlooked. A 2020 study conducted by the CDC found that OSA and its symptoms are strongly associated with major depression. Symptoms of major depression include:
• Feelings of hopelessness
• Feeling like a failure
• Severe fatigue, exhaustion, and loss of energy
• The loss of interest and enthusiasm for life’s activities and passions
• Guilt, shame, and self-judgment
• Sleep disruptions, including sleeping excessively and/or not being able to sleep, and an inability to sleep in a consistent routine
Sex life solution, Depression has strong links to low levels of relationship satisfaction. There is a complex dynamic between sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, and depression. Depression creates stress, isolation, and conflict in relationships, as well as sleep problems. Relationship conflicts and disrupted sleep, in turn, make depression more severe and more difficult to cope with. And sleep apnea contributes to all three: sleep problems, relationship conflicts, and depression. The result, for couples, can often be a devastating loss of intimacy, emotional connection, and sexual fulfillment.
How to bring “sexy” back to your sex life
Treating your OSA will have a powerful impact on your sleep and health. Getting a sleep apnea diagnosis and working with a sleep professional to identify the right treatment is how people return to a routine of sound sleep, and how they reclaim energy, focus, and vitality. It’s also a way back to feeling sexy, regaining interest in sex, and reconnecting to a partner.
At the same time, treating sleep apnea also reduces the health risks associated with untreated OSA, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mood disorders such as major depression. Improving underlying health can also improve how people feel about their own sexuality, and how partners relate to one another, physically and emotionally.
The good news is, there is a range of effective treatments for OSA, including CPAP and oral devices, as well as lifestyle changes including losing weight. There are also some exciting new treatments for sleep apnea on the horizon. Just last week, the FDA approved a sleep apnea treatment device that’s worn for a short time during the day to help strengthen the tongue muscles and improve breathing at night for people with mild to moderate OSA. I’ll be talking more about this new development soon.
CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure, remains the most common treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea. CPAP also raises a lot of anxiety for people, especially when it comes to sex and intimacy. Many of my patients worry about looking silly going to bed with their partner wearing a CPAP mask. And they wonder whether using a CPAP will put a big damper on their sex lives.
Research backs me up here. Studies show:
CPAP can increase desire and connection. Sex and emotional intimacy improve when people with OSA start using CPAP. Without the sleeplessness and fatigue, sex becomes better and more frequent, and partners feel closer to one another.
The sex and intimacy benefits of CPAP extend to partners, too. CPAP treatment also improves partners’ quality of life. Getting treatment for one partner’s OSA helps both partners to sleep better, and to feel more energized, enthusiastic, and optimistic about their lives—and each other.
If you have a partner with sleep apnea who is using CPAP, your support can make all the difference. Research shows this, too: when they feel supported by their partners, CPAP users feel more motivated to stick with CPAP and use it more consistently.
I always encourage my patients with OSA who are in relationships to think of their treatment as a shared undertaking with their partners. I’ve seen it happen again and again: When couples approach an OSA diagnosis and CPAP therapy with a “we’re in this together” mindset, the therapy works more effectively—and couples find a new way to reconnect in the process.