In part one, we looked at how flossing, a stressful job, salty foods, and poor nutrition can all affect Erectile Dysfunction (ED). In today’s blog, we’ll look at a few more oddities related to ED.
If you have or think you have ED, Charleston Men’s Clinic is here to provide answers and treatments to improve your sexual health and give you healthy erections once again! Follow along as we further expand on things that may be aggravating your ED symptoms.
You Carry the Weight of the World on Your Shoulders
If you lay awake at night pondering the state of the world and stress over the balance in your bank account, or how to help your child succeed in school, your stress levels may be through the roof. Hormones that are directly impacted by stress, such as adrenaline and cortisol, constrict blood flow, and that includes the flow to your erection! In a study that followed 2,000 adult men and studied their responses to stress, only eight percent were worried about their health! The biggest stressors for men are their finances, family, and relationships.
To address stress, find healthy ways to cope with it. It’s not all yoga and zen and meditation; it’s doing what works for you. It can be walking in nature for a half hour each day, or catching a comedy show at a local club every weekend.
You Spend A good Amount of Time in the Saddle
If your sport of choice is cycling or if you love riding horses, the time you spend in the saddle has been linked to higher rates of ED. The nerves in your penis can be affected by the pressure that is applied to the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a highly sensitive part of the neurological system and can be prone to desensitization. In addition, blood vessels can be damaged by spending too much time seated on a hard bike seat or in a horse saddle.
Prevention is important when it comes to ED related symptoms from your bike or saddle. If you do notice less-than-firm erections, it may be time to scale back how much time you’re riding.
You Have Disrupted Sleep Patterns
If your partner constantly complains of your loud snoring and you never feel quite rested because your sleep is disrupted throughout the night, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is associated with ED because it disrupts breathing (and sleep) in 10 to 20-second increments. When there is less oxygen cycling the blood, it directly impacts your whole body, including its sexual functions.
To combat sleep apnea, you can always consider a CPAP machine or oral appliance therapy. If you’re overweight, losing weight can also significantly improve sleep apnea symptoms.
Oral Medication is Your Go-To Solution
Because ED is deeply rooted in diet and lifestyle choices, oral medication is helpful to improve your sexual health, but addressing underlying issues is important. Finding out why you have ED may give you answers to health concerns you already have, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to believe that stress, riding a bike or horse, poor sleep, and oral medications can impact ED, but as we’ve seen, it’s the little things that can impact your overall sexual functions.