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 that the 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 whom were actively trying to fall pregnant. The women were asked to monitor their activity levels by wearing a smartwatch throughout the period of the study.
The results showed a fourfold increase in conception rates for those women who regularly went to bed within the same one-hour timeframe every night than those whose bedtimes changed regularly. In addition, expanding the one-hour bedtime timeframe to a 90-minute timeframe still showed benefits, with women more than two times as likely to fall pregnant.
The study, conducted at St Louis’ Washington University, 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, and now this new study could prompt women trying to conceive to adopt regular sleep habits with a set bedtime.
A separate but similar study which took place at the University of Miami found a 1.5 percent fall in testosterone levels with every hour of sleep lost per night.