Having trouble sleeping? You may have fertility issues too!
There are a large number of lifestyle factors that affect fertility in both men as well as in women. High stress levels, weight, smoking, drinking and many other factors including sleep disorders too could be causing issues with fertility in you or your partner.
Lack of sleep tends to affect the hormone that is related to fertility. The part of the brain that is responsible for triggering ovulation in women in sperm maturation in men by release of daily hormones is the same part of the brain that regulates the sleep-wake hormone too.
Women who have been suffering from sleep disorder for a long time, may see a direct impact on reproductive related hormones such as estrogen, prolactin, luteinizing hormone (LH), folic stimulating hormone and progesterone.
The release of LH is very important as this hormone plays an important role in regulating the menstrual cycle as well as ovulation. When the hormone is not produced sufficiently, it results in an irregular cycle, thus hampering the chances of conception in women.
As far as men are concerned, testosterone is important for healthy sperm production. This hormone is produced everyday, especially during sleep and that’s why a good night’s sleep is so important.
While we’re still not sure if treating sleep disorders can help improve fertility definitely, treating is not a problem, as it improves overall quality of one’s help. A good night’s sleep is essential for the body to function optimally.
There are indeed a number of factors that can impact one’s fertility journey. Diving in and digging is essential, starting with lifestyle factors. What you eat, are you a smoker, do you get enough exercise, does your work involve a lot of stress, do you have trouble sleeping and lots more.
It is important to start the journey on a healthy note by inculcating some healthy habits in your lifestyle.
A few ways in which you can sleep better are getting enough exercise daily, being consistent about the time you sleep and time you wake up, keeping the bedroom dark, not watching television before bed, staying stress free and eliminating stimulants like alcohol, coffee at least 5 hours before bedtime.
Whether or not your sleep disorder may be the issue, get as much quality sleep as you can, before the little one comes in, and robs you of those precious moments that you do get.
Call us and together we can help unearth reasons why your journey is taking a little more time that for some couples.