It’s often pointed out that male testosterone levels drop as we age, starting as early as our mid 20’s. As the primary hormonal driver of all things muscle and sex related in men, lower testosterone levels can reduce results in the gym and negatively affect quality of life. However, the relationship between testosterone levels and age may not be as cut and dry as once thought. New research suggests that sleep quality (and quantity) may be the real culprit behind falling testosterone levels.
While time passes for us all, there are other factors at play – life events that commonly occur, like marriage, careers, and children. While normal parts of life, studies show that as more is required of men, stress can rise, and sleep suffers. Researchers investigated the possibility that sleep, rather than solely aging, could be a driving force in dropping testosterone levels.
Endocrinologists at the National University of Singapore studied 531 men aged between 29 and 72. Their data showed a strong relationship between sleep and testosterone. They found that adult men often cut back on sleep in an effort to add an extra hour or two to their busy days, and that this reduction had serious implications for their testosterone levels.
The study determined that, on average, men gained back 12% of their testosterone levels after adding just one extra hour of sleep.Supplementation with magnesium, as well as octacosanol, may enable restless sleepers to fall asleep earlier and wake up less during the night. Octacosanol may also protect against the muscle-blocking, stress hormone cortisol, making it especially interesting for insomniacs trying to get results in the gym.