Incontinence, late-night bathroom visits, erection problems and more are all treated with dangerous drugs -- but new studies show there could be a much more pleasant solution.
Next time you find yourself reaching for one of those meds, just reach for some soft sheets with a high thread count and a comfy pillow instead. Because new research suggests that those "down there" conditions might begin when sleep starts too late, ends too soon, or is interrupted too often.
Researchers tracked 1,610 men and 2,535 women for five years, checking their sleep habits as well as problems such as incontinence and late-night toilet visits.
They found that 8 percent of men and 13 percent of women who slept too little had urinary problems.
There are four simple changes you can make right now that can help you sleep better and pee less -- and you can read all about them right here.
That's not the only way poor sleep can hit below the waistline: Sleep apnea can wreak your sex life.
Researchers examined 870 men with an average age of 47.3 and average BMI of 30.2, which is the beginning of the "obese" category.
The researchers found that 63 percent of these men suffered from sleep apnea, a disorder that causes people to gasp for air and even stop breathing in the night. After adjusting for age and health, they found that these men had double the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Since apnea is not always obvious (especially if you live alone) but erection problems are, the researchers say any man having trouble with his sex parts should get screened for apnea... especially if he's overweight.
That's not a bad idea -- but here's an even better one: Lose the weight, and odds are the apnea will vanish on its own -- and your bedroom blues will too.