Are your sleep habits affecting your fertility?
In times of stress or uncertainty, it’s common to find ourselves tossing and turning, instead of sleeping through the night.
There is not enough sufficient evidence to prove that sleep habits directly impact fertility, but we do know that lack of sleep can negatively affect your physical health and overall happiness. Sufficient sleep allows our busy bodies to repair cells and regulate our hormones. Lack of sleep can sometimes disrupt menstrual cycles and compromise the production of leptin, a crucial hormone for weight control and energy.
How much sleep are you getting each night? If your answer is less than 4 hours, you’ll want to consider some lifestyle changes and aim for 7-9 hours each night.
Here are some of our most successful sleep tips from CRH clients:
Start a sleep diary.
“I was already tracking my basal temperature and period, so I was reluctant to track my sleep, but when I looked back at the notes, I saw themes from nights I slept best; like showering at night, and I made it part of my routine.”Set an alarm to go to bed.
“Life gets so busy and sometimes I don’t notice how late it is. An alarm going off an hour or so before bedtime reminds me to slow down and start relaxing.”Quit Napping.
“Powering through a Sunday afternoon without a nap helps me sleep better at night and starts my week off with a fresh morning.”
Other ways to improve sleep include exercising regularly, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, setting your bedroom temperature to 68-70 degrees, and talking with your doctor about any medications your taking that could interfere with sleep.
At Center for Reproductive Health, we look at your whole-body health to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy as soon as possible. We hope some of these tips can help you find the rest you need to recharge! If you have questions about fertility health or want to make an appointment for a free nurse consultation, call (509) 462-7070.