Men's sexual and urological health may be significantly impacted by shift work and sleep disorders.
According to a recent study, non-standard shift workers with sleep disorders were more likely to have urinary tract symptoms. Patients at risk for circadian rhythm disorder are at higher risk for lower urinary tract disorders.
They have also been show to be associated with increased risk of hypo gonadal symptoms and sexual dysfunction. These workers are also at greater risk of developing the sleep disorder that is entirely unique to shift workers. The findings in the study suggest that these specific sleep symptoms may contribute to the more severe hypo gonadal symptoms seen in non-standard shift workers.
The researchers also examined the impact of non-standard shift work on semen parameters and reproductive hormones in infertile men and reproductive hormones in infertile men. Non-standard shift workers had lower levels of sperm density, total motile count and testosterone. Infertile shift workers had worse semen parameters than non-shift workers. Identifying sleep disorders early is an important step in taking measures to maintain healthy sexual and urological function.
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