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Sleep Testing & Optimization

Men’s Wellness Experts in Tucson, Arizona

What is Sleep Testing and Optimization?

Sleep is so essential to life that we can live longer without food than we can without sleep. Just one night of bad sleep can lead to a decrease in concentration, memory, headache, fatigue, poor physical performance, and mood. The long-term effects can be harmful to the immune system, lead to an increase in stress hormones, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Low sleep quality is often the result of poor sleep hygiene and/or undiagnosed sleep disorders. Poor sleep hygiene (“habits”) is common, especially in our high-stress and tech-driven world.

Undiagnosed sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are especially dangerous. Oftentimes, men do not realize they even have a problem. They wake up feeling unrested, suffering fatigue and drowsiness throughout the day. It’s estimated that about 34% of middle-aged men likely suffer from undiagnosed OSA. Known risk factors are obesity, male sex, and older age. There is an alarming prevalence of OSA in patients who suffer from cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension, coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.

At The Men’s Clinic, we recognize that OSA is a serious but treatable medical condition that is underdiagnosed among patients. As part of our Concierge Wellness Plan, and as an add-on option for our other plans, we perform a comprehensive sleep quality assessment and can offer sleep testing when appropriate. Sleep is meant to be restorative and quality sleep is critical to good health and wellness.

Sleep Testing & Optimization FAQs

How does lack of sleep affect men?

Lack of sleep can negatively impact mens health in various ways, including physical health, mental health, sexual health, and work performance. It can also weaken the immune system, increase the risk of developing chronic conditions, and decrease testosterone levels, which can affect libido and erectile function. To maintain good physical and mental health, as well as to perform at their best in their personal and professional lives, it is important for men to get enough sleep.

Are men more likely to have sleep disorders?

Men are considerably more likely to have sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Some sleep disorders may also affect men differently than women, making them difficult to diagnose.

What causes sleep problems in men?

Some common causes include stress, anxiety, and depression, which can all interfere with the ability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Other factors that may contribute to sleep problems in men include medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, chronic pain, and medications that can affect sleep. Poor sleep hygiene, such as going to bed at inconsistent times or engaging in stimulating activities before bedtime, can also contribute to sleep problems. It is essential for men experiencing sleep problems to consult a doctor for a sleep test.

How much sleep do men need?

The amount of sleep an individual needs can vary depending on several factors, including age, lifestyle, and overall health. In general, adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Some men may need more sleep, while others may need less. It is essential for individuals to pay attention to their own bodies and how they feel after different amounts of sleep to determine the amount of sleep that is right for them. If you are consistently tired or having difficulty functioning during the day, discussing your sleep habits with a healthcare provider may be a good idea.

Does lack of sleep affect testosterone?

Adequate sleep is necessary for the body to produce and release hormones, including testosterone, in proper amounts. Studies have shown that men who get insufficient sleep have lower testosterone levels than those who get enough sleep.

What Steps Should I Take Going Forward?

To meet with our team and take advantage of the many benefits of our program philosophy, contact our Tucson office by calling or filling out our online form.

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