The major physical signs of low testosterone are low sex drive, decreased bone and muscle mass, rapid hair loss, erectile dysfunction, and sometimes depression, all of which no man wants to experience.

Most people think of sex and erections when they hear testosterone. But that’s not all.

Testosterone is responsible for a wide range of functions including bone health, cardiovascular health, brain health (a lack of testosterone can lead to depression), and, of course, it’s involved in the making of healthy sperm.

And a lack of it can lead to erectile dysfunction. That said, here are some habits you can adopt to avoid having low levels of testosterone.

1. The wrong lifestyle for testosterone

Having a stressful lifestyle has been known to cause a very bad impact on testosterone levels in men.

According to Adam Ramin, MD, a urologist in Los Angeles, it can lead to a vicious cycle where stress causes testosterone levels to drop, and then a drop in testosterone levels also causes more stress.

Though we live in a time where every successful entrepreneur in a motivational youtube video tells you to not take any time off or, as some extreme videos will put it, “you’ll have enough time to sleep when you’re dead.” But the truth is, no one becomes successful by stressing themselves out.

Besides, success isn’t just about making more money. Success is about creating a life that you love. It’s about meeting up with your ideal. If you make a lot of money but your health is in jeopardy, that’s not success.

Besides, you’re more likely to succeed when your health is in good shape. No wonder Jeff Bezos once said,

“I prioritize it. I think better. I have more energy. My mood is better… If you shortchange your sleep, you might get a couple of extra ‘productive’ hours, but that productivity might be an illusion. When you’re talking about decisions and interactions, quality is usually more important than quantity.”

If you’re constantly exhausted, both your productivity and your testosterone levels will suffer. This leads to the next factor.

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2. Sleep

According to Dr. Dominic Rowley from LetsGetChecked, many hormones in the brain are produced during the nighttime. Meaning when the brain thinks that it’s nighttime, it produces special hormones.

And testosterone is one of these hormones. As Dr. Dominic also advised, at least 7 hours of quality sleep is needed to maintain good testosterone levels.

What most people don’t realize is that when you’re stressed, uptight, feeling anxious, or sad, your body produces lots of stress hormones. One of these hormones is called cortisol. If you have lots of cortisol, your testosterone level drops.

Hence, you must prioritize relaxation time. Take time out, do stuff that you enjoy doing, and get enough sleep.

Turn off your gadgets and avoid blue light at least an hour before bed. And this is because if you still have your phone on before bed and you’re exposed to blue light, your brain may still think it’s daytime and may not produce adequate levels of testosterone.

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