Sleep & Women Fertility – What’s the Connection?

Trying to Conceive? Sleep Better.

As we all know, proper sleep lets us enjoy an ample number of health benefits. Taking away all stress and anxiety, it restores our brain and organ systems for a fresh start. Hence, our overall well-being depends on how much we feed our sleep need. Surprisingly, it impacts one's fertility as well.  

How exactly?

Our body clock keeps on ticking all day long determining the sleep-wake cycle. I hope the previous article on The Body Clock & Sleep has explained it to you. This cycle regulates the secretion of some important hormones including the fertility hormones in our body. And, the open secret is, our fertility highly depends on the proper secretion of these fertility hormones.

Studies showcase, sleeping less or sleeping more – both impacts worse on fertility. National Sleep Foundation says, “Women undergoing IVF who scored seven to eight hours of sleep a night were 25 percent more likely to become pregnant than those who snoozed for nine hours or more. The extra sleep is possibly linked to other behaviors that can impact fertility, such as going to bed late or skipping breakfast.” 

To explain better, if you are disrupting your sleep-wake cycle and getting sleep deficient, it wreaks havoc on your hormone secretion. The chapter of fertility for women itself is a complex one. Their body regulates many fertility hormones like estrogen, progesterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, leptin, Luteinizing hormone, prolactin while sleeping right. If you disturb this secretion, the menstrual cycle will get disturbed and will hurt the chances of getting pregnant.  

Poor sleep also disrupts the secretion of cortisol the next day which results in anxiety, excess inflammation, and high levels of insulin, all reducing the chances of pregnancy.

The other factors that sprout up because of sleeplessness and play a significant role in making the fertility process more complex, are – increasing risks of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and so on.

Besides, lack of sleep is, most of the time, responsible for the disturbed mood and irritability that worsen the relationships and indirectly create complexities in getting pregnant.

Hence, directly or indirectly, sleep has an enormous impact on fertility and pregnancy. Make necessary changes in your lifestyle and get good sleep if you are planning to grow your family. Hope our articles help you to get better sleep soon.

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