5. Depression

Depression

Your mental health affects every other aspect of your physical being. If you suffer from depression, your sexual life may be affected. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America lists several signs and symptoms of depression. Signs of depression include feelings of sadness, bleakness, hopelessness, and guilt. A loss of interest in activities that usually bring satisfaction and joy is another symptom of depression. Difficulty sleeping, concentrating, and making decisions can indicate depression. Thoughts of suicide are severe signs of depression. Contact your doctor if feelings of depression are preventing you from participating in the normal activities of your daily life.

4. Sleep Disorders

Sleep Apnea

Studies show that sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction are often coexisting problems for adult men over the age of 25. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tissues or muscles of the throat relax at night to such an extent that they interrupt breathing. This can prevent adequate oxygen from reaching the brain. Signs of sleep apnea include snoring, waking up in the morning feeling exhausted, forgetfulness, and morning headaches. If your spouse complains that you snore, you may want to visit your doctor for a sleep test.

3. Heart Disease

Heart Disease

Heart diseases such as atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and blood pressure issues can result in circulation problems and decreased blood flow. Problems with blood flow can cause problems with achieving an erection. The American Heart Association lists erectile dysfunction as one symptom of heart disease. Make sure to check in with your doctor for regular physical exams and bloodwork that can alert you to heart disease. Keep your heart healthy through engaging in aerobic exercise, consuming a nutrient-rich diet, and maintaining a proper weight.

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