Science is providing many new insights into the process of fertility and the many factors that can influence the ability to conceive a child. This research can provide important information on the numerous factors that affect hormone levels, which in turn, affects a number of health issues. Some studies are finding that sufficient sleep affects fertility and can have a significant effect on hormone production.
Sleep and Hormone Production
Infertility and the Night Shift
Fertility Tips For Healthy Sleep
- Set a regular sleep pattern – Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. Avoid going without sleep for a period of time and trying to “binge” your way back to normal.
- Schedule a soothing bedtime routine – Take a warm, not hot, bath for an hour and have a light snack. Ensure that your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature and dim the lights in readiness for relaxation.
- Avoid napping during the day – Daytime sleep can affect your ability to sleep at night. Keep yourself awake for your normal sleep schedule.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol and nicotine – These items are stimulants that can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
- Exercise every day – However, exercising close to bedtime can invigorate you and can prevent getting to sleep easily. Finish your routine an hour or two before bedtime.
- See a doctor for sleep problems – Discuss your sleep problem with your physician. He or she can help with a solution.