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Testosterone and Sleep Apnea

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Men with sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from low testosterone, but testosterone products can actually worsen sleep apnea, reports DrugWatch.com.

Testosterone is typically thought of in terms of its roles in libido, male fertility, energy, aggression and drive, so the fact that sleep patterns and testosterone levels are closely related may come as a surprise to many. In fact, sleep apnea and low testosterone levels often go hand in hand.

So does that mean that men with sleep apnea should be treated with testosterone therapy? Not necessarily. In fact, treating low testosterone alone can make matters worse, increasing the severity – and the health effects – of sleep apnea.