Sleep apnea sufferers who worry that their CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices may interfere with their sex lives have nothing to worry about, according to a new study published in the journal CHEST.
The American College of Chest Physicians released the results of a recent study examining sexual quality of life (SQOL) among CPAP users in an October 21st press release. According to the source, researchers examined 52 sleep apnea patients, 27 of whom used their CPAP more than 4 hours per night 70% of the time and 25 of whom were CPAP-noncompliant. They found that SQOL scores were similar between both groups of participants.
“This study suggests that CPAP compliance does not impair sexual quality of life in patients with sleep apnea,” concluded Mark J. Rosen, MD, Master FCCP, Medical Director, American College of Chest Physicians, in the press release.
Unfortunately, many individuals who undergo CPAP therapy believe that their CPAP devices make them less sexually attractive, reports the source. Hopefully this study will help quell these insecurities. In fact, the American College of Chest Physicians adds that CPAP therapy can even improve symptoms of erectile dysfunction, which can be common in sleep apnea patients.