Sleep and Fertility – Is there a link?

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ANSWER: YES

EXPLANATION: Not getting enough sleep could prevent you from falling pregnant.

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Getting less than 7.5 hours of sleep per night could be influencing your fertility. Anything that is robbing you of joyous slumber can be an obstacle to conceiving. Here is why.

1. Hormonal imbalance

You know how you feel shaky and weepy and off-track the day after very little sleep? Well, that's thanks to a hormonal explosion that happens when you don't get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation triggers a decrease in the levels of Leptin. Leptin affects Luteinizing Hormone levels. In men, this influences the level of testosterone, and, in women, it influences ovulation. You need hormonal balance to fall pregnant. Leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full after eating. Which is why the less you sleep, the fatter you could get and obesity is also linked to infertility.

2. Poor sleep = more stress = poor sleep

Doctors agree that it is unlikely that stress affects infertility which is quite funny as they do agree that a lack of sleep makes conceiving more difficult and we know that there is a clear link between stress and sleep. Lack of sleep unleashes stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, which are sleep killers. In the short term, stress hormones cause inflammation and disruption of cell repair. In the long-term, they are linked to the development of cardiovascular disorders, cancer, depression and anxiety disorders. The less you sleep, the more likely you are to create more stress in your life.  Without good sleep you are more likely to make bad decisions, forget important information and fight with your spouse. That loving feeling will be gone, gone, gone!

3. Good sex requires good sleep

Too darn exhausted for sex? Especially the orgasm-inducing kind? While male orgasm is critical for conception; female orgasm is thought to aid the sperm in their journey towards the egg by drawing the little guys up into the uterus. So making love (rather than simply getting sex ticked off the list) is helpful when making a baby. Read more about the connection between Sex and Sleep.

If you would like to make a baby, a good place to start is you bedroom. And no, not just for love making. Get your bedroom set up for good sleep and good sex will be more likely to follow.

 

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