We know that sleep is vital for our bodies to function healthily. But how does sleep relate to male fertility in particular?
Studies show that a lack of sleep can significantly raise stress levels, which can lead to a multitude of health problems, including infertility.
But it’s not just the stress element that affects fertility.
For both men and women, the same part of the brain which regulates sleep-wake hormones (such as melatonin and cortisol) also triggers a daily release of reproductive hormones. So, if you’re not getting enough hours of shut eye, this could be a contributor to your infertility issues.
So, how much sleep do you need?
If you’re struggling to get your 7-8 hours, don’t worry!
Here are some things you can do:
- Don’t work odd hours (high brain activity before bed can disturb your sleep)
- Stop electronics 2 hours before bed (this will help you still your mind and wind down)
- Eat dinner earlier (if we have something digesting in our stomach, falling asleep will be difficult)
- Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption (this goes without saying!)
- Adjust your lighting (best to have no lighting at all, but if not, dim your lights as low as possible)