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    Does Sleep Really Have an Impact on Conception?

    Written on 19 February 2019

    Expert Verified

    Kusum Sabharwal

    Obstetrician & Gynecologist - MBBS| DGO

    Whenever you and your partner have made up your mind about planning a family, you’ll be flooded with endless advice from friends and relatives like- exercise more, control your weight, avoid caffeine, smoking, alcohol, take plenty of rest, don’t stress, and have a sound sleep, etc. If insomnia or lack of sleep is a problem, then sleeping more than 8 hours is also another sign of a health problem. You must consult a doctor if you are trying to conceive. Below mentioned are some factors that’ll tell us how sleep impacts conception:

    • Skimping on sleep reduces the amount of FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone). Sleep deprivation or sleeping more than 9 hours can affect several other hormones in men and women which helps in reproduction.

    • Moderate sleepers (who sleep 7-8 hours) have the highest rate of pregnancy if the woman is undergoing IVF (In-vitro fertilization) as compared to the short sleepers (who sleep 4-6 hours) and long sleepers (who sleep 9-11 hours a night). IVF is a lengthy and expensive procedure so it is equally important to maintain a regular sleeping pattern along with the diet and exercises as recommended by your doctor.

    • Avoid spending countless hours on gizmos and gadgets. It could be monotonous when your doctor advises you to take plenty of rest but that doesn’t mean you should be busy doing nothing and just swiping your smartphone or tablet to kill time. No doubt our lives are dependent on our smartphones, but spending ample time with nature is equally important if you wish to conceive. The radiations emitted from wi-fi, laptops, and smartphones are harmful to your physical and mental health. You must limit your work time and switch off the router and your mobile phone from the mains before hitting the bed. You can use a landline in case of an emergency.

    • To get a good night's sleep, it is important to eat a balanced diet, exercise properly, and keep yourself busy in your daily routine. You must not take the stress of petty issues because that can impact your menstrual cycle and ovulation cycle. Poor sleep can badly impact fertility in both sexes.

    • It is important to discuss everything with your partner. You must let them know whatever is going on in your mind. Having a healthy conversation with your spouse makes you feel relaxed and strengthens your bond with him/her.

    • You must avoid taking sleeping pills and never hide any of the details about your medication from your doctor or if you are undergoing any other treatment.

    • Calm your unsettled mind and make sure your bedroom is clean, dark, and hygienic.

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