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Sleep Loss Reduces Testosterone Levels in Young Men

The blue pill is not the answer! Sleep is the aphrodisiac you’ve been looking for.

A new study out of the University of Chicago found that young men, between the ages of 25-40, who sleep five hours or less a night have dramatically lower testosterone levels than men of the same age group who received a full night’s rest. Lower levels of testosterone reduce libido and lower potential reproduction levels. A lack of testosterone is also linked to increase health risks like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The research showed it took only a week of poor sleep to see a dramatic drop in the levels of testosterone. Men naturally see a decrease of 1 to 2 per cent each year in testosterone levels. The study showed a drop of 15 per cent in just over a week for those subjected to the poor sleeping conditions.

With a drop in vigour, men are more likely to physically distance themselves from their partners. Maintaining a high level of testosterone promotes an active sex life, which in many cases, strengthens relationships.

In a completely different study, three out of four men in Britain would rather have a good night’s sleep than sex.

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