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Another way that lack of sleep can lead to erectile dysfunction and impotence is through high blood pressure, or hypertension. Like inflammation, high blood pressure is a known risk factor for erectile dysfunction and scientists have recently discovered the close link between sleep and high blood pressure. One example is insomnia, which is correlated with both heart disease and heart failure, where researchers in a 2009 study found that it raises nighttime blood pressures.  As the lead researcher for this study explained, "Whereas blood pressure decreases in regular sleepers and gives their heart a rest, insomnia provokes higher nighttime blood pressure that can cause long-term cardiovascular risks and damage the heart".
Finally, lack of sleep is also correlated with lower testosterone and testosterone is critical for male libido and the androgen receptors on the pelvic/penile muscles that contract and trap blood in the penis. I cover this extensively in my link on Sleep and Testosterone.
So are their any studies showing that lack of or poor sleep actually leads to a less hard erection and decreased erectile strength? Research has shown that those with apnea have greatly decreased testosterone, libido and erectile function and it's all from inadequate sleep. And don't just get the idea that it's severe sleeping disorders such as apnea that effect erectile function: researchers have found that even "shortened REM latency" and "reduced theta power", i.e. poor sleep quality, are associated with erectile dysfunction as well.  Restless Leg Syndrome, another sleeping disorder, has also been linked with both erectile dysfunction  and heart disease .
When you stop and think about it, it is rather remarkable how many different pathways that reduced sleep can lead to a poor quality erection. Low testosterone, high blood pressure, increased inflammation and arterial calcification - how could get it any uglier? Well, it can if you consider that lack of sleep makes you feel too tired to do much of anything above or under the sheets. And that is bad for your long term health.
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