Wearing a Breathing Mask to Bed Leads to Better Sex for Sleep Apnea Sufferers

Almost 200,000 adults have sleep apnea, a condition where your airways get blocked during sleep.  And a new study says that those who wear a breathing mask at night report having better sex lives, a new study shows. 

Sleep apnea has been linked to sexual dysfunction for men and women, but a study from Dr. Sebastian Jara of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle said that people with the disorder who use a machine that provides continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) report better sex lives than people who don't go with any treatment.

According to the Deccan Chronicle, sleep apnea can cause erectile dysfunction in men and vaginal dryness and painful intercourse for women. The small study found that the mask helped women the most with their sex lives, and while men's sex lives weren't changed by the device, men's health improved overall.

“At this point, it’s not clear why we saw such a large improvement in sexual quality of life in women but no improvement in men, especially given that other studies have shown improvement in men,” Dr. Jara told the Deccan Chronicle. “Despite this finding, CPAP has been shown to have numerous other health benefits in men and should still be encouraged."

Medical experts believe apnea is primarily caused by obseity and can sometimes be cleared up with weight loss. Without treatment, people with sleep apnea can experience tiredness, heart problems, and a decreased quality of life.