Hubby’s sex drive may be affected
Because OSA is most common in overweight males over 40, it has been linked to sexual dysfunction. “Many men with OSA have erectile problems or reduced sex drive,” says Dr Derek S. Lipman, an ear, nose and throat specialist.
Sleep apnoea can interfere with endocrine glands that affect the balance of sex hormones, lowering testosterone levels. Medication used to treat high blood pressure (a condition linked to OSA) can also cause erectile dysfunction, while the “low- grade depression” and fatigue that often afflict OSA sufferers can have an inhibiting effect on sex drive, adds Dr Lipman.