Sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea, commonly has a negative effect on our body’s regulation of hormones. Male testosterone hormones make sleep apnea worse, while female sex hormones help protect from obstructive sleep apnea. It is still debated whether low thyroid hormones create more risk for sleep problems. However, there is a strong link to sleep disorders creating hormone imbalances that cause an increase in obesity. If you are having any type of hormone balance issues, you should have and evaluation for a sleep disorder.