Dr. Kenneth Adessa Sheds Light on the Relationship between Low Testosterone and Insomnia


Kenneth Adessa, MD, a Barnabas health Medical Group physician, recently dispelled a common myth that low testosterone causes insomnia – it does not. In fact, low testosterone is the result of poor sleeping habits – not the cause of them.

Lack of sleep results in increased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. High levels of cortisol can create a hormone pattern that lowers testosterone. Low testosterone can lead to adrenal fatigue, which often worsens insomnia – thereby creating a vicious cycle. Therefore, insomnia, in addition to a poor diet and other bad habits, causes low testosterone – not the other way around.

In his post, Dr. Clancy provides helpful tips to avoid low testosterone and ward-off insomnia. For tips on getting a good night’s sleep and to read Dr. Adessa’s post, click here.

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