Can Hitting the Snooze Button Affect Your Fertility?
A new study suggests the amount of sleep you get each night directly affects your chances of getting pregnant
Let me preface all of this by saying that I love my sleep. Well, I *did*, prior to having children. I could easily snooze until at least 11am on the weekends and (true story!), I even slept through a hurricane once. I sleep soundly and well, and if I could bottle my sleeping finesse, I’d be a very rich woman. But I digress. A new study from Inje University in South Korea suggests that women trying to get pregnant could improve their chances of conceiving if they sleep between seven and eight hours a night.
Based on my mad sleeping skills and the fact that I have two children, I find this a little hard to believe, but here are the details. Feel free to weigh in!
In a study presented to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Boston, researchers led by Dr. Daniel Park discovered that women with fertility issues who slept for nine or more hours a night were 25 percent less likely to get pregnant. According to their results (from 656 women undergoing In Vitro Fertilization treatments), women looking to start a family should get between seven and eight hours of sleep a night. If less than that, chances of having a baby go down by 15 percent. Though their study only dealt with women actively trying to conceive, Park believes the study results indicate all women trying to have a baby should measure their sleep. Park goes on to say, “Heavy sleepers may have irregular lifestyles, they get up late, miss breakfast, go to bed late and this all affects their fertility,” he says.
To me, this is the crux of the situation. While I’ll take this particular study with a grain of salt, Park does have a point in that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating well, and keeping a schedule are all things one can do to stay healthy while they prepare for pregnancy.
Now go get some sleep! Just not too much, apparently.
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