3 Surprising Habits That May Hurt Your Erection
A man’s erection is a delicate thing. If even one thing is off inside the body, an erection may not happen. When this happens, it’s easy to panic. A man may begin to wonder what could be causing these erection issues. Well, the answer may surprise you. While things such as mental health and diet can affect your erection, here are three small habits that have a surprising impact on your erection.
Flossing: Flossing is good for your gums, your heart, and even your penis. Israeli researchers found that more than 15 percent of men with chronic gum disease had erectile issues, while only two percent of men without erectile problems had gum problems. Bacteria from the mouth can travel through the bloodstream, which can combine with plaque to clog blood vessels, including those in the penis, and make getting erections more difficult. To ensure that your gums, heart, and penis stay happy, floss at least once a day.
Bicycling: Maybe you like to take your bike out and get some exercise. Maybe you ride your bike to work to save gas. Whatever your reason, all that biking may be doing damage to your erection. A study of 1,700 men found that those who rode a bike more than three hours a week had higher rates of erectile issues than those who rode less often. The culprit is the bicycle seat, which can squeeze vital areas on a man’s body, making it difficult for blood to easily flow to the penis. Invest in a leather seat for your bike, which will conform to the shape of your body. With a leather seat, you can ride to your heart’s content without worrying about your erection.
Snoring: Disruptive snoring is one of the hallmark symptoms of sleep apnea, a common disorder in which one’s breathing is constantly interrupted during sleep — and recent research has linked sleep apnea and erection issues. Sleep apnea is a sign that the body is suffering from abnormally low baseline oxygen levels, which are needed to achieve or maintain erection. If you’re snoring every night, it could spell trouble for your erection. Talk to a doctor about what you can do to treat your snoring.