A recent study showed that men who sleep less than six hours per night were 31 percent less likely to impregnate their partners, compared to men who slept between seven and eight hours.
The study, published in the journal Fertility & Sterility, examined the sleeping habits of nearly 700 couples for a year. In addition to the findings above, the study also showed that men who got even more sleep, such as nine hours, were even more likely to impregnate their partners.
Sleep is Vital
This is a great tip for couples trying to get pregnant. Sleeping more can make a difference. We know that’s easier said than done, especially with work responsibilities, stresses, and maybe other children.
Researchers have known for years that Americans don’t sleep long enough, and that this has terrible consequences for health. In fact, one study showed that about 30 percent of adults report getting less than six hours of sleep a night. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that “insufficient sleep is a public health problem.” They point to the increased risk of motor vehicle crashes, but also to the fact that those who don’t sleep enough are more likely to suffer from chronic disease like hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity and even cancer.
The point is, your body doesn’t work as well when it doesn’t get enough sleep, the reproductive system included!
Sleep and IVF
Another study published in 2013 found that “getting enough sleep has beneficial effect on reproductive hormone secretion.” Researchers concluded that this might be helpful to IVF outcomes.
But the researchers also found that excessive sleep “disturbs circadian rhythms and hormone cycles.” They recommend 7-8 hours a night for the most successful outcomes.
Some Keys to Sleep Better
- Go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time.
- Don’t eat large meals before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime.
- Avoid smartphone use directly before sleeping.
Source: www.fertstert.org, www.cdc.gov