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The Importance of Sleep When Trying To Get Pregnant

Increase Your Chances of Falling Pregnant by Getting to Sleep on Time

Just how important is sleep when trying to get pregnant? A new study suggests that having a regular bedtime can help women fall pregnant.  Researchers came to the conclusion that women who went to bed at roughly the same time every night were four times more likely to fall pregnant within a year than women with an erratic bedtime.

The findings of this study are in line with existing beliefs by fertility experts. Many believe that body clock might play a more important role in female fertility than previously suspected.  Disruptive sleep patterns have already been successfully linked to several conditions and diseases.

Researchers in the United States followed the progress of 176 women. All of the women were actively trying to fall pregnant. The group was asked to monitor their activity levels by wearing a smartwatch throughout the period of the study.

Get To Bed On Time In Order To get Pregnant!

The results showed a fourfold increase in conception rates for those women who regularly went to bed at the same time. All these ladies went to bed within the same one-hour time-frame every night.  This is compared to those whose bedtimes changed regularly.  In addition, expanding the one-hour bedtime time-frame to a 90-minute time-frame still showed benefits, with women more than two times as likely to fall pregnant.

The study was conducted at St Louis’ Washington University. The findings could have far-reaching implications for women struggling to fall pregnant.  It has already been well established that adequate levels of sleep are vitally important to regulate the human body’s healthy functioning. Now, this new study could prompt women trying to conceive to adopt regular sleep habits with a set bedtime.

A separate but similar study took place at the University of Miami. It found a 1.5 percent fall in testosterone levels with every hour of sleep lost per night.

You Need Sleep When Trying To Get Pregnant

Previous studies into sleep and conception back up the findings of the new report. For many years fertility experts have been warning that deficiency in sleep remains an issue. Research by scientists into infertility, due to lack of sleep, has been limited and still remains vital.

Even when you are asleep, your body is working and some functions are really hitting their stride! For example, the endocrine system is a vital part of the conception process and most of it’s work is done when you are asleep. For women, this includes secreting powerful fertility hormones. Those hormones are the ones that trigger ovulation. For men, they have a similar role in sperm production.

Fertility experts were already aware that key hormones would drop in a woman’s body if she was deprived of sleep.In particular, these hormones include, oestrogen, leptin, prolactin,  progesterone, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). All of these hormones have a major or minor role in the conception process. Leptin, it perhaps the most important, as it controls ovulation. Peak Leptin production is between midnight and 4.00am.

And, as already alluded to, sleep issues are not just a problem for women. A study by the American Journal of Epidemiology discovered that its sleep-deprived, male  participants produced 29 percent fewer sperm! Many of the sperm where also dysfunctional as they had mobility issues.


This post has been updated since its original publication in 2018.
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