Clinic Locations

Woolcock Sleep Clinic
Phone: (02) 9114 0000
Address: 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW, 2037 Email: reception@woolcock.org.au
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Phone: (02) 9515 6655
Address: Level 11, Main Block, Missenden Road, Camperdown, NSW, 2050
Integrated Sleep Health
Phone: (02) 9238 2209
Address: MLC Building, Level 57, 19-29 Martin Place, NSW, Sydney, 2000 Email: info@isleephealth.com.au

Professor Ron Grunstein

Professor of Sleep Medicine

MBBS, MD, PhD, FRACP

Does Treatment of Sleep Apnea Improve Sexual Function?

Posted: October 28, 2014

A US study presented this week reports CPAP usage does not influence sex life.

http://www.hngn.com/articles/47164/20141027/sleep-apnea-therapy-impair-quality-sex-life-new-study.htm

Presented at the CHEST conference in the US, it was a survey based study with limitations in study design. Data from our group (PhD project of Kerri Melehan) utilising a randomised controlled trial with real and sham (placebo) CPAP has reported that real CPAP therapy has positive effects on sexual function in men especially if used for > 4 hours per night. Kerri presented this data at the recent European Sleep Research Congress in Estonia. Kerri’s study is a more definitive and robust design but more work is needed in this important area impacting on patient quality of life.