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? 

Study author Lauren Wise, a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Healthy says that between 7-8 hours a night is ideal. 

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)