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Studies Reveal Downfalls of Poor Sleep

Dr. Alan Sadah

For more than 20 years, Dr. Alan Sadah has practiced urology. Board-certified by the American College of Surgeons and American Board of Urology, he splits his time between clinical practice with Metro Chicago Surgical Oncology, LLC, and teaching at West Suburban Hospital. Active in the professional community, Dr. Alan Sadah belongs to the American Urological Association (AUA).

Since 1902, the AUA has been promoting the advancement of urological care through education, policy, and research. At the organization’s 113th Annual Scientific Meeting in May, three studies were presented that showed some of the problems men face when dealing with poor sleep quality and nocturia, a condition that primarily affects older men, causing them to wake up at least two times during the night to urinate.
One of these studies analyzed data from REDUCE, a four-year study that attempted to reduce incidence of prostate cancer. This study discovered that more episodes of nocturia were associated with a higher risk of death. Researchers found this to be true even when certain variables, such as diabetes, body mass index, and geographic region, were controlled.
Another study also linked lower levels of testosterone with impaired sleep in men between the ages of 16 and 80 in the United States. This deficiency led to erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, and other adverse health conditions. It was also discovered that a high body mass index was connected to low testosterone levels. Researchers discovered these links by examining data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey.
Finally, a questionnaire given to 377 men revealed that men had increasingly worse erectile dysfunction as the quality of their sleep decreased. Erectile dysfunction was also attributed to depression, age, and other comorbidities reported by respondents.

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