“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” — Irish Proverb
Conception can be hard, even during the best of times. There are a multitude of factors that play an integral role in reproductive health, including the quantity and quality of shut eye you log each day.
Sleep + Sperm Health
In general, poor sleep can lead to poor fertility. Sperm is less motile, meaning it doesn’t move as much or as quickly, when the body isn’t well rested for the sperm’s development cycle, which is about two months. A late bedtime and short periods of sleep can reduce sperm counts, as well.
On the flip side, however, getting too much sleep can also disrupt your hormones and circadian rhythm in a similar fashion. A good range of sleep is 7 to 8 hours for the best impact on your fertility.
Sleep + Your Eggs
When you get quality sleep, your hormones are more in sync with your body. However, there are many things that can prevent a good night’s rest.
Increased blue light from devices like computer screens and cell phones disrupt your body’s natural circadian rhythm and makes it difficult for your body to know when to start producing melatonin. Melatonin helps you feel tired, but it can also impact the way eggs are taken care of within the human body. Less melatonin can mean that the chance of egg viability is reduced.
Sleep + Improvement
Luckily, improving your sleep doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Purchasing a new mattress that supports your specific comfort level is an invaluable option. Additionally,
setting a strict bedtime can help improve sleep exponentially. Training your body — and your circadian rhythm — to sleep and wake at set times each day helps regulate hormone levels, which supports improved, overall reproductive health.
“Maintaining good sleep hygiene is instrumental to one’s overall health, with fertility being no exception,” says Dr. Satin Patel, FST partner physician. “Lack of sleep and poor sleep patterns can increase one’s risk of obesity and type II diabetes, as well as prevent a woman from ovulating.”
Bottom line? When you’re trying to conceive — naturally or with treatment — its best to invest in ZZZs. #SweetDreams
-Blog post provided by the team at SleepHelp.org