University Maps Testosterone Levels Throughout the Day
A recent study by the University of Louisville mapped the pattern of how men’s testosterone levels changes throughout a 24 hour period. There are significant fluctuations in testosterone levels, and since we know that testosterone and erectile dysfunction (ED) are related, the research gives an indication of when it might be the best time of day to get frisky.
Surprisingly enough the researchers found that testosterone levels are at their highest between 4am and 8am, reaching a peak at 7am. This makes sense as we know testosterone production occurs during deep restful sleep.
This also explains why most men wake up in a “certain condition,” and why experts say that first thing in the morning is the best time to enjoy lovemaking. When you awake well-rested not only will your testosterone be at peak levels, you should have more energy, and feel less stressed, all of which contribute positively to erectile function.
The study found that the worst time for sexual activity is between 8PM and 10PM when it is lowest.
The bar chart created by Stephen J. Winters, MD, also indicates that most men get a rush of it in the early afternoon, around 1:00PM. Perhaps this is where the term “afternoon delight” came from?
Understanding these ebbs and flows of testosterone levels, is particularly important for men who may have ED or other sexual wellness issues related to testosterone, such as lack of libido. Scheduling sexual activity around your daily peaks and valleys of testosterone, could help with either condition.
As your testosterone levels change throughout the day, it can impact much more than just your ability to make love. When you are on the low side of the daily rise and fall of it, the decreased level of it can cause mood changes, loss of energy, and cognitive difficulties.
Besides the regular fluctuations that occur daily, the older you get the more testosterone you lose.
Once you are over 35, the symptoms you feel during the worst times of day for it can become worse and last much longer.
Testosterone Therapy for Low T
If you are a man between the ages of 35-55, and you find yourself feeling irritable, anxious, or depressed for most days, throughout the entire day, and in addition maybe having some trouble in the bedroom, you may have low testosterone or “Low T.”
In addition to the mood swings and lack of energy, here are some other signs to look out for:
- Loss of libido or decreased sex drive
- Sexual performance issues such as erectile dysfunction
- A loss of vitality
- Weight gain, in particular belly fat
- Lack of energy
- Reduced muscle mass
- Depression, anxiety and/or mood swings
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, it is a very good idea to have your testosterone levels checked. It is a good possibility that you may be a candidate for testosterone therapy.
Testosterone therapy will not necessarily stop your testosterone levels from rising and falling throughout the day; that is still a normal occurrence. What it will do is keep that pattern within the more normal range, which will result in you feeling better physically and emotionally overall.