Testosterone: also known as the “male hormone.” It is known for stimulating the production of male sexual characteristics and is essential for building muscle mass, strength and bone density. It is naturally produced in your body. Even women are said have a little bit of testosterone (although not nearly as much compared to our male counterparts). But with that said, what does it have to do with sleep?
As hard as it may sound to believe, recent studies have revealed higher levels of testosterone result in a poor quality of sleep. In a study completed by The International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society, the subjects (mostly middle-aged men) underwent a series of tests and evaluations to compare their testosterone levels with the quality of sleep. Interestingly enough, it was revealed that approximately 2/3 of the participants had moderate to severe sleep apnea.
Many studies done in the past have also revealed that the less amount of sleep you get, the lower your testosterone levels are. Sounds conflicting, right?
However, what we have to remember is that today’s increase of prescription hormones may have a lot to do with these new findings. Eve Van Cauter, PhD, is the director of the University of Chicago Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center. She conducted the study of sleep and testosterone and said that it is very likely that there is relevance in a possible increase in testosterone prescriptions for middle aged men.
All in all, the connection between sleep and testosterone is a balancing act. Having too much or too little can result in a poor sleep quality. So think carefully and consult a doctor if you feel you have the need for prescription testosterone.
So gentlemen, you’re no less of a man if you stick to a good sleep routine of 8 hours per night and if you leave the prescription hormones alone. Let your body do what it does naturally and you’ll be fine.