AGI – Return of solar time and coronaviru stress are a deadly mixture for sex. According to experts, in fact, the transition to solar time causes a mismatch between the sleep-wake rhythm and the biological “clock”, with a desynchronization similar to jet lag, of circadian rhythms.he can promote erectile dysfunction. The decline in desire is even worsened by the Covid anxiety we are experiencing and, in particular, by the fear that the partner could infect us.
Only consolation is that it could be the last time in which the 27 EU countries move the clock back one hour to return to solar time after 7 months of “daylight saving” time. In fact, a year and a half ago, the decision of the European Parliament had established the end of the shifting of the timetable twice a year. The final decisions will be made at national level, with a deadline set for April next year, but the EU indication is that of avoid a division between countries with summer time and countries without, which would damage the internal market.
Meanwhile the experts from the Italian Society of Andrology (SIA), commenting on data from a US study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine and just discussed on Nature.com, showing how erectile dysfunction is more common among workers who work night shifts and that for this reason they have an alteration of the circadian rhythms.
“Even the activity ofmale reproductive system follows a cyclicality over 24 hours, governed by fluctuations in the production of the main male hormone, testosterone, which is usually synthesized in greater quantities in the morning and produced less in the evening. When the rhythms get high, testosterone is significantly reduced and sexual activity takes its toll, thus the arrival ofsolar time adding to the anxiety linked to the pandemic it multiplies sleep disorders and languid desire ”says Tommaso Cai, secretary of the Italian Society of Andrology (SIA).
“This is confirmed by the results of a US study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and recently discussed on Nature.com. data collected by American researchers on over 700 patients, show that working with night shifts involves an imbalance of the biological clock and also causes a greater risk of erectile dysfunction, associated with alterations in the production of testosterone “- notes Cai -” This brings the ‘penis clock’ to bust and in fact, in night workers, erectile dysfunction is more frequent than in those who do not work at night and can therefore also be fought by finding regular hours for sleep and wakefulness “.
The data also show that a testosterone-based therapy can mitigate the difficulties of patients, reaffirming the centrality of the hormone in guaranteeing a good sex life. Furthermore, the study confirms that erectile dysfunction may be the first ‘spy’ of systemic pathologies of various kinds, in this case sleep disturbances and circadian alterations.
“We must not forget that erection and sexual well-being in general are the result of an entire system that works by following a precise synchrony between the different organs – adds Alessandro Palmieri, SIA President and Professor of Urology at the Federico II University of Naples – If a gear jams or does not work well, the first to suffer is the penis: that’s why for example, erectile deficiency can be the first sign of cardiovascular disease and can precede serious events such as heart attacks and strokes by years. Specifically, testosterone is essential for a good erection and preventing cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis: maintaining the rhythm of hormone production is essential, so a good sleep-wake rhythm is also useful for a satisfying sex life. A sign that everything is normal is the presence of nocturnal erections, under the direct control of the hormone because they are not aimed at sexual intercourse but necessary as a ‘gym’ for the organ “.
Palmieri concludes: “The penis must be able to follow its biological clock, with erections at night and in the morning. However, testosterone alone is not enough to guarantee them: for a good erection, a correct flow of blood is also needed, which can be impaired in the case of diabetes. , sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea or cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. In order not to fail in bed, therefore, it is important to stay healthy, evaluate and resolve any other pathologies but also respect an adequate sleep-wake cycle “.