29 Nov Low T Levels? Get Some Sleep!
Getting the right amount of sleep can benefit almost every aspect of your life. Not only is the right amount of sleep necessary, but the quality of your sleep also makes a huge difference in how rested you may feel the next day. Sleep deprivation can majorly impact your mood, energy, metabolism, concentration, immunity, heart health, and so much more, including your testosterone levels!
How Sleep Affects Testosterone
Low testosterone and sleep deprivation can have similar effects on the body. They both can cause fatigue and sluggishness and can reduce your libido. A study performed at the University of Chicago tested the effects of sleep deprivation on testosterone levels. The participants were healthy males with an average age of 24 years old. The men were asked to sleep for 8 hours per night for one week and then only 5 hours per night the second week. During these periods, the men had their testosterone levels checked periodically. The results showed that after only one week of getting 5 hours of sleep, the daytime testosterone levels decreased by 10-15%.
This sample of men studied was small and only contained men in their twenties who were in good physical health. If the study had been performed on older, overweight men who did not exercise, it can only be assumed that testosterone levels would have decreased even further with less quality sleep.
Quality sleep is essential for your overall health, but it is also important to check your testosterone levels. If you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, speak to your doctor today!