Losing sleep is not a luxury we can afford. Our bodies require sufficient time spent sleeping to properly handle the demands of each day without serious consequences. 7-9 hours of sleep for the average adult should be treated as the necessity it really is instead of a luxury we can’t afford.
Unique to Men
- Did you know that health issues unique to men, such as an enlarged prostate, are common sleep disruptors (too many frequent night time visits to the restroom sound familiar?)
- Men are at much higher risks for sleep apnea than women, with snoring the most common indicator. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder, but it often goes undiagnosed and treated.
- Untreated sleep disorders and chronic sleep deprivation can impact testosterone and oxygen levels, which can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED).
While the physical and mental consequences for men and women may differ, the best way to treat poor sleep is consistent for both genders:
- Aim for 7-9 hours of restorative sleep each night
- Keep a regular routine around bed and wake time
- Avoid heavy meals or intense exercise right before bed
- Keep alcohol and nicotine use to a minimum