Sleep & Fertility…Am I Getting Enough Sleep?

Couples trying to conceive may focus on following a healthy diet, staying fit, and taking vitamins. But did you know that getting quality rest may also affect fertility? The reproductive specialists at Sher Fertility Institute New York discuss how sleep may affect men and women’s ability to get pregnant.

  • Get just the right amount of sleep.  On average, aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep. Too much or too little can interfere with hormones.  Remember that is it important to honor your personal sleep needs.   Although the optimal amount of sleep is about eight hours on average, requirements vary from person to person and somewhat from season to season.  Turning down dimmer switches and using low-wattage bulbs in the evening are helpful for someone who has trouble falling asleep.
  • Sleep affects ovulation. Women need to get enough sleep to regulate hormones. For those not getting enough sleep and producing enough of the leptin hormone, the monthly cycle can be affected, making it harder to conceive.
  • Sleep also affects male fertility. Testosterone is released while men sleep, so both partners should aim for a good night’s rest.

Now that we know good sleeping habits can improve our chances of conceiving, here are some tips on how to help you achieve those zzz’s.

  • Relieve stress. Too much stress isn’t good for anyone’s body, but especially for couples trying to conceive. When stress is hindering your ability to achieve quality sleep, it may be time for meditation or acupuncture.
  • Skip the alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes. Women will have to ditch smoking and drinking once baby is on board anyway, so why not start now to see if your sleep habits improve?
  • Turn off electronics. Phones, computers, and other electronics emit blue light which can suppress melatonin, in turn affecting your sleep cycle.

If you are still having trouble conceiving after six months to a year, consult a fertility doctor in New York City at Sher Fertility Institute. We can help develop a treatment plan just for you!

Contact Sher Fertility Institute New York at 646-792-7476 or click here to schedule an appointment with one of our fertility doctors. Our Patient Care Specialists will contact you within the next 24 hours.