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I struggle to get a full 8 hours of sleep. Could my sleep schedule put me at a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction?

Sleep: The cornerstone for any happy and healthy individual. While laying in bed often seems like the best way to come up with a retort to an insult you received several years ago, eventually your mind will quiet and you’ll drift off to sleep. But for many men, sleep is not an easy affair. For these men, it can take a long time for their body to feel ready for sleep, leading to precious missed hours of slumber. While many men manage to get by on their 5-6 hours of sleep, could this be setting up the body for problems in the long term? Could not getting a full 8 hours of sleep really put a man at a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction?

Let’s be clear: While 8 hours is the most commonly recommended optimum amount of sleep, everybody is different. Some men only need 5 hours, while others need 12. What’s important is getting the amount of sleep that your body needs. If you are consistently not hitting your optimum sleep time benchmark, your brain can struggle to cope with the ensuing feelings of exhaustion.

This exhaustion causes the brain to miss important cues, such as the signals from the penis needed to achieve an erection. In your worn-out state, the body could miss these erectile dysfunction signals, leading to consistently missed erections, which could snowball into full blown mentally-induced erectile dysfunction.

In addition to the possibility of developing erectile dysfunction, lack of sleep can make the brain slower to react and slower in processing information. So make sure you make time to get the amount of sleep your body needs. Not only will you be happier and healthier, but you won’t have to worry about problems in the bedroom any time soon.

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