-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep problems are
associated with erectile dysfunction and urologic conditions such
as incontinence, according to the results of two new studies.
The first study examined the relationship between obstructive
sleep apnea (OSA) and erectile dysfunction. OSA is a disorder that
occurs during sleep, in which a person's upper airway temporarily
collapses, causing them to stop breathing. The study included 870
men with an average age of 47.3 years and an average body mass
index of 30.2, which is considered obese.
Health screening found that 63 percent of the men had OSA, 5.6
percent had a history of diabetes, and 29 percent had a history of
After they adjusted for age and other health conditions, the
researchers found that men with erectile dysfunction were more than
twice as likely to have OSA than those without erectile
dysfunction. And the more severe the erectile dysfunction, the
greater the likelihood of having OSA, the investigators noted. The
finding suggests that men with erectile dysfunction should be
screened for OSA, said the researchers at Mount Sinai Medical
Center in New York City.
The second study found that sleep problems precede certain
urologic conditions, such as urinary incontinence, lower urinary
tract symptoms, and the need to get up during the night to urinate
Researchers at New England Research Institutes, Inc. in
Watertown, Mass., followed-up with 1,610 men and 2,535 women for
five years, assessing sleep disturbances and the development of
The investigators found that short sleep duration among men and
restless sleep among men and women was strongly associated with the
incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms (8 percent among men and
13 percent among women). Incidences of urinary incontinence and
nocturia were associated with restless sleep among women but not
men, according to the researchers.
Both studies were scheduled to be presented to the media
Saturday during a special press conference at the American
Urological Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
"We know that proper amounts of sleep and quality of sleep can impact a wide range of health conditions, including erectile function and lower urinary tract symptoms," AUA spokesman Dr. Kevin T. McVary said in an association news release. "These data may help us better assess how helping patients modify their sleep patterns may help improve their health and overall quality of life."
Because these studies were presented at a medical meeting, the
data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until
published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
and sleep disorders.
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