How Poor Sleep Habits Can Ruin Your Infertility

Many studies are now suggesting that not getting enough sleep can impact a woman’s fertility because sleep has a powerful influence on the body’s hormonal system. Those who don’t get enough sleep have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol and adrenocorticotropic, which can suppress a healthy fertility cycle.

Try to get on a regular sleep schedule. No more staying up until 11:30 watching TV or surfing the Internet. If possible, try for a 8, 9 or 10 o’clock bedtime, which gives your body plenty of pre-midnight sleep time.

Some believe that one hour of sleep before midnight is worth two hours after, meaning that the body benefits from pre-midnight sleep enormously Think of our ancestors, who went to bed soon after the sun set. Their body clocks aligned with the natural world, allowing them maximum rest and rejuvenation.

The body reportedly needs seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Chart your sleep schedule to see if you are within this range.

The goal should be getting to bed earlier to ensure more pre-midnight sleep time, and a regular sleep schedule that eliminates any chance that your body might be suffering from sleep deprivation.

Exercising lightly and getting enough sunlight is reported to help encourage healthy sleep patterns. Do not drink anything caffeinated in the afternoon. Stay on a relatively predictable bedtime schedule. Avoid watching TV late at night, or checking e-mail, which can be overstimulating. Some studies have shown that those who consume electronic media just before bedtime experience lower-quality sleep.

To experience higher quality and deeper sleep, consider relaxing activities before bed such as reading, taking a bath, knitting, listening to soothing music, doing a jigsaw puzzle, or drawing or sketching in bed. For me, prayer is my most relaxing bedtime routine.

Keep your bedroom as dark as possible. A better night’s seep is achieved in total darkness. Block your windows or get room darkening shades. Light at night can impact your pineal gland. Remove or unplug anything in your room that emits light, such as night lights, clock radios or computers. Do not keep chargers in your bedroom.


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