Since peak production of testosterone occurs during your sleep,
if there is sleep deprivation on a regular basis, your
testosterone levels can be affected. Therefore, it is important
to get the required amount of total sleep and REM (rapid eye
movement or dream sleep) every night. For most people, seven to
eight hours should be the minimum daily requirement. Catching up
on sleep on Sunday mornings by sleeping until noon won't do it,
for testosterone or health, in general.
A sleep study may be required to assess your sleep architecture
and possible sleep apnea. Some simple advice to improve sleep
routine: take a hot bath before bed; avoid alcohol before bed
and try warm milk instead (for the increased tryptophan to
possibly increase your melatonin); avoid exercise too close to
bedtime; have sex before going to sleep; and finally, when all
else fails, counting sheep is not too bad.
Sex For Life by David Saul, M.D. Copyright © 1999. No part
of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without
permission in writing from the author.
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