Have you been exhausted all day? Every day? Not into sex? How about your concentration ability, isn’t it how it used to be? Maybe because you’re not getting enough sleep? Alternatively, you could have low testosterone or low T. However, is it possible that your T-level is low as a result of sleep deprivation? Yes, according to some research headed by TRT Sydney doctors.
While the relationship between sleep problems and low testosterone levels may appear improbable, health professionals see plausible grounds to believe so. And focusing on one may benefit the other.
At George Washington University, endocrinologists (doctors who specialize in the glands and hormones of the endocrine system) believe that lack of sleep has been related to lower testosterone levels.
According to a review of testosterone and sleep research published in the February 2012 issue of the journal “Sleep”, peak testosterone production occurs during sleep. Therefore, if you are sleep-deprived, you are also denying yourself valuable testosterone production time.
And, while sleep deprivation promotes the diminishing of your testosterone levels, it would seem that low testosterone levels — also known as hypogonadism — may play a part in insomnia.
This is with respect to the assessment of researchers who investigated hypogonadism symptoms in a batch of male patients with cancer. They made their findings public in the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia, and Muscle (September 2012 issue).
There are also clear indications that low testosterone could be associated with poor sleep quality and shorter deep sleep cycles. Cortisol levels rise as testosterone concentrations go down, according to researchers. Cortisol gets in the way of quality sleep because it promotes alertness. Thus, you tend to experience shallower and shorter sleep. This is about a review made and published by the Sleep journal, released in February 2012.
Now, as per the American Urological Association, another indicated symptom of low testosterone is when you feel constant lethargy if you feel tired and exhausted all the time for no apparent reason.
Poor Sleep and Low Testosterone Condition
According to TRT Sydney medical professionals, there are ways to break the cycle of insufficient sleep and low testosterone. When you increase the number of your sleep hours, parallel to that, you will also subsequently improve testosterone running in your system.
Testosterone levels surge shortly after you begin sleeping more. This report was supported by Clinical Endocrinology in February 2015 regarding the impact of “catch-up” sleep on the male human body. The advantage comes from increasing the number of hours spent in deep sleep.
However, treating men with obstructive sleep apnea with a CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machine didn’t even appear to enhance testosterone levels, according to a review of the effects of seven independent research involving 232 adult men.
The research was published in the December 2014 issue of the journal PLoS One. Additionally, part of their observation also is that testosterone replacement therapy may not have a direct influence on the quality of sleep.
Rather than that, focus on addressing the underlying reasons for low testosterone and inadequate sleep, such as obesity. According to published research in 2014, striving to improve the quality of sleep is a better and more effective strategy as opposed to simply treating the low-T condition.