We all know that shift work can have a negative impact on some ones social life, but the working lifestyle could also have an impact on male sexual health.
Shift work and its associated sleep disorders may actually significantly impact a man's sexual and urologic health, researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston have found.
According to MedPage Today, non-standard shift workers were more likely to have lower urinary tract symptoms including prostate issues.
'Non-standard shifts have been shown to be associated with increased risk of hypogonadal symptoms and sexual dysfunction,' said Will Kirby, MD.
The issues associated with the shift work also included lower levels of sperm density, motile sperm count, and testosterone levels, which could lead to a lower sex drive and lead to difficulties having children.
The study included 2,487 men who completed questionnaires that assessed their work schedules.
Of the shift-working men, 37 per cent had these issues, along with excessive daytime sleepiness and difficulty sleeping, the authors said in a presentation at the American Urological Association annual meeting.
'That was a surprising finding for us,' said Will Kirby, MD.
'We believed the total motile count would decrease with less sleep.'