Sleep Apnea & Insomnia in Men
Tulsa, OK Sleep Apnea Help
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Insomnia can be a difficult condition for any man. The lack of sleep can cause frustration or affect your day-to-day life. The causes of this sleep disorder can vary significantly in aging men than the causes of insomnia in women. Male menopause, also known as andropause, may lower testosterone levels. Low T has been linked to sleeplessness or insomnia. Your insomnia could also be caused by other factors. If you have difficulty breathing or find your breathing is interrupted during the night, you may suffer from the sleep disorder known as sleep apnea, which can contribute to your insomnia. Studies show that this condition affects about 9% of men in the U.S. This sleep disorder is also more common in obese males. Loud snoring and breathing troubles tend to interrupt sleep many times during the night of not only men, but also their partners, which can make things difficult. These sleep problems are often the result of low testosterone. Patients treated with testosterone therapy have seen improvements in their sleep apnea symptoms. If you’re looking to treat underlying issues causing you sleep apnea or insomnia, our staff at the Oklahoma Men’s Clinic can help. Our previous clients have found that the treatments can allow for improved sleep.
Research has shown that men who have symptoms of low testosterone, such as sleep apnea or insomnia, usually have other negative symptoms. Common symptoms associated with low testosterone may include reduced insulin sensitivity, high cortisol levels, low human growth hormone (HGH) levels, and fatigue. For insomnia specifically, low testosterone can be an underlying issue. The stress hormone cortisol increases with bouts of insomnia due to increased stress on the body. Having persistent elevated levels of cortisol can cause a hormone pattern in males, causing a reduction in testosterone. This can also lead to adrenal fatigue, which can increase insomnia and fatigue.
The body produces HGH during the first 90 minutes of sleep. When sleep is interrupted, HGH production is affected, which can also decrease testosterone levels, causing even more negative symptoms. Getting consistent, quality sleep is vital for maintaining your health, including muscle mass, insulin production, and overall energy levels. Insomnia and sleep apnea continue this vicious cycle, leading to more frustrating issues. The underlying low testosterone levels continue to be a problem, and many men overlook them when trying to treat insomnia, leading to ineffective treatment. You can lessen or even avoid these health problems with our low testosterone treatments at the Oklahoma Men’s Clinic. Our staff will work closely with you to get you the sleep you deserve.
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA VS. CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA
Men who have low testosterone may end up suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Those suffering from this sleep disorder will experience inhibited air flow through their mouth and nose, making it harder to breathe and therefore sleep. This can lead to increased snoring, and can reduce your body’s ability for adequate oxygenation during sleep. You may find yourself waking up frequently during the night, and enjoying deep sleep less often. This can cause problems for daily functioning for you and your partner, as you both may be kept awake by this sleep disorder. Another sleep related disorder is central sleep apnea (CSA). Focused in the central nervous system, the brain signal for breathing becomes delayed. This is often the result of a disease or injury that affects the brain stem, the air traffic control tower for your nervous system. This can also cause problems, as it reduces the amount of sleep a person gets, leaving them groggy or foggy throughout the day.
In many cases, obstructive sleep apnea (OAS) is the result of low testosterone. Oklahoma Men’s Clinic will be able to diagnose which type of sleep apnea you suffer from and help you get a better night’s sleep. Our staff will work closely with you to make sure you get the deep sleep you deserve.
THE SOLUTION: SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
At the Oklahoma Men’s Clinic, we believe in a holistic approach when it comes to effective treatment. We have a combined treatment plan at our sleep center to help you achieve consistent, quality sleep. We approach sleep apnea therapy through a variety of methods, including individual nutrition plans, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, supplements, and fitness programs. This ensures that you’re able to treat underlying issues as well as your immediate symptoms. Ensuring proper testosterone levels, along with individualized exercise and nutrition plans, can help relieve the hormonal and lifestyle causes of obstructive sleep apnea.
As part of our holistic treatment, our staff will measure and rebalance your insulin, cortisol, and other hormone levels that have been thrown off by your sleep apnea. Our hormonal therapy treatments help get your hormones back in balance, helping you to obtain deep sleep. Our customized treatments at the Oklahoma Men’s Clinic have been proven effective by various research studies, making them safe and effective for you.