The dangerous link between sleep and prostate

The night may be difficult for people suffering with urinary disorders, because the symptoms and the frequent visits to the bathroom can affect sleep quality. Although it is less intuitive, the opposite seems to be true – sleep disorders may increase the risk of developing prostate ailments. A study from Duke University, which analysed more than 2,500 men over four years, recorded the presence (or absence) of sleep disorders and the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Of the 1,400 healthy men who started the study, approximately 200 developed prostatic hyperplasia during the research. Crossing that data with the presence of sleep disorders, revealed there was a nearly 30 percent increased risk of suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia. Those who already suffered from benign prostatic hyperplasia saw their sleep problems increase the likelihood of their symptoms worsening by 23 percent. According to the study’s researchers, "It is commonly believed that benign prostatic hyperplasia causes the onset of sleep disorders. However, the fact that sleep problems allow for the onset of urinary symptoms in subjects who do not yet have prostate disorders suggests that these symptoms could be a manifestation linked to sleep problems rather than the opposite". American researchers concluded that further studies will be required to understand whether relieving sleep disorders can improve the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Branche, B., Howard, L., Moreira, D., Castro-Santamaria, R., Andriole, G., Hopp, M., and Freedland, S., MP09-08 Sleeping problems are associated with increased risk of BPH progression: results from reduce, The Journal of Urology (2017)

PP-SH-UK-0016 | Date of preparation: Feb 2018