Updated: Jun 2
Find out how a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your testosterone levels and lacklustre lockdown libido.
Since lockdown, a serious lack of sleep is causing our nocturnal bedroom fun action to hit the snooze button.
As the light is finally at the end of the tunnel and with the end of lockdown now firmly in our sights, it’s time to reclaim our bedrooms and bring sexy back! And just in time for Summer.
Whilst initially it was predicted that being stuck at home would lead to a baby boom, it appears that instead us Brits ditched bedroom antics for booze and take-aways. As quickly as our bank balances were depleted from furlough, our waistlines took an unwelcome boost.
For men, this has not been good news for testosterone levels which are already at an all-time low. For their partners, it’s equally not such great news and they may have started noticing a distinct lack of action and / or the decreased ability to perform.
What’s this got to do with sleep?
It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is important for your health, but many people aren’t aware of how sleep can impact testosterone levels specifically and what effects it can have on their mental and physical health not to mention their personal lives. Testosterone is responsible for many important functions in the body and low levels lead to many unpleasant symptoms and longer term chronic conditions if unaddressed.
Men’s testosterone levels are on a daily (24 hour) cycle. Levels peak in the morning, declining throughout the day and tailing off in the evening. The highest levels of testosterone production occur during REM sleep, the period late in the sleep cycle that helps replenish the body and mind. As a result, it doesn’t take long for poor sleep quality to cause lowering levels of testosterone and also knock the important balance of hormones that the body strives hard to achieve, completely off.
One study found that after 8 days of 5.5 hours of sleep or less each night, participants showed a 10-15 per cent drop in testosterone production on average. The study concluded that these findings were due to the men being unable to stay long enough in deep sleep to receive the natural benefits that come with it.
Low testosterone also appears to be linked to lower quality sleep and fewer deep sleep cycles thereby creating somewhat of a vicious cycle.
Feeling tired and fatigued whilst also a sign of poor sleep habits, it’s also a symptom of low testosterone, according to the American Urological Association. With 1 in 4 men in the UK experiencing low T or testosterone deficiency, it’s a way more common issue than most people think.
Boosting your libido – why timing for men is everything!
Now we know testosterone levels are at their peak when men wake up, it’s no wonder that this coincides with the timing of men’s daily morning glory!
This is natures wonderful way of showing that testosterone levels are fully replenished and you’re ready to go. This therefore is the most optimum time for sex, so any babymakers set your alarm clocks (but not too early) and let nature do its work.
If timing sex for maximum fertility, be mindful not to stress about this as annoyingly this leads to another hormone – cortisol – being released which in turn negatively impacts testosterone and reduces your sex drive (libido) leading to potential erectile dysfunction (which can also be a sign of low T).