Sleep Medicine Specialists diagnose, manage, and treat a variety of conditions that may not only affect sleep but can also impact other chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, erectile dysfunction (ED), and low testosterone. These sleep-related conditions include obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), insomnia, excessive snoring, circadian rhythm disorders, and narcolepsy. According to a study by the American Thoracic Society, sleep apnea prevalence in men increases significantly with age: 3.2% prevalence for ages 20-44; 11.3% for ages 45-64; and 18.1% for ages 61 and over. Men with sleep apnea are at greater risk for ED as well as coronary heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, and stroke. Many of the risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, depression, obesity, age, chronic kidney disease, dyslipidemia) are shared with common sexual health conditions such as erectile dysfunction and hypogonadism (low testosterone).
At The Billups Center, we realize that many of the men seen in Sleep Medicine practices may have sexual medicine related conditions, such as ED, low testosterone, and Peyronie’s disease, that can impact their overall quality of life. These men would benefit from evaluation and treatment for these sexual health concerns.
We are looking for Sleep Medicine practices interested in establishing a two-way referral pattern for optimal assessment and treatment of men with sexual health and sleep medicine concerns. In his past, Dr. Billups noted that about 40% of the men seen for sexual health conditions needed referral to a Sleep Medicine practice. With more awareness and active screening in our Men’s Health practice, we believe that the number of referrals to Sleep Medicine will increase.