The Sleep and Fertility Connection

There is a connection between sleep and fertility. Sleeping is not optional. It's not a good place to skimp or cut back.

 

If you are trying to conceive, it's even more important that you get a full and restful night's sleep.

 

There are hormones that are released only if you are sleeping a certain amount. Less than 7-8 hours of sleep and your endocrine system will not function properly.

 

If your endocrine system is not functioning properly, then your reproductive endocrine system is not functioning properly.

 

Sleep and Conception

Our reproductive endocrine system needs to be functioning as well as possible to conceive. Conception is dependent on many things happening at precisely the right time, in precisely the right way for exactly the amount of time.

 

And sleep plays an important part of it.

 

Recently I spoke with a reproductive endocrinologist and a sleep specialist. The told me some key tips about sleep hygiene.

 

Sleep Hygiene Tips

Just like there is dental hygiene, brushing and flossing regularly, and getting your teeth cleaned professionally as scheduled, so is there sleep hygiene.

 

Here at the things these specialists talked about with sleep:

  • Make bedtime as close to the same time every night;
  • Wake as close to the same time as possible every day;
  • Keep the bedroom free of televisions and other electronic devices;
  • Turn off electronic devices a minimum of one hour before bedtime, with two hours being optimal;
  • Keep the bedroom as dark as possible, with shades and cover any light emitting devices (LEDs);
  • Finish eating at least two hours prior to sleeping.

 

I'm committing to making the changes that they have suggested for at least one month.

 

What do I have to lose? Possibly the fatigue that I feel too often.

 

Perhaps it will enhance your chances of conceiving.

 

What do you have to lose by trying?

 

 

 

Topics: sleep, Fertility Basics

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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