Sleep affects a wide variety of health concerns, and getting too little sleep can be detrimental to one’s health. In general, sleep loss can cause accidents, affect your attention and cognitive abilities, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, depression or worsened depression, and weight gain just to name a few. A sleep study done on rats, where the rats were deprived entirely of sleep, resulted in all the rats dying after 32 days of sleep deprivation. Sleep is essential, and is not something you can “stack” or “catch up on.”
Adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep a night. When they don’t get this, things start to fail. Male fertility is no exception to this rule. In a study that was published in the journal Fertility & Sterility in 2017, they found that men who get less than six hours of sleep each night were almost a third less likely to conceive than those who get the standard seven or eight hours a night. Oversleeping was, surprisingly, even worse. Men who slept more than nine hours a night were half as likely to conceive.
Correlation or Causation
While there is evidence that sleep is related to fertility, the reasons why have not been identified yet. Some experts believe it is due to hormones. Testosterone, which plays a significant factor in sperm production, only rises during sleep and then decreases when someone is awake. Furthermore, testosterone levels peak during REM. For men who are not getting enough sleep, they may not have adequately restored their testosterone levels, which may affect their fertility. In this case, correlation equals causation. For men who are oversleeping and who have lowered fertility scientists believe it may have more to do with other health problems that lead to oversleeping that also have effects on fertility. In this case, correlation doesn’t equal causation.
Half of the fertility problems are due to men, yet there has been very little historical data on male fertility in comparison to female fertility. For a long time, we have known that a proper diet and exercise are essential parts of fertility. Sleep is a lifestyle factor that also affects fertility though, and being able to equip men with this knowledge can help them make smarter choices to aid in their fertility.
Correct Your Sleep Schedule
A sperm takes 72 days to grow from its cellular stage and into a sperm. That means that improvements infertility are often not seen for 2-3 months after lifestyle changes are made. If you are not getting enough sleep, or are getting too much sleep, then correcting your sleep cycle so that you can benefit from improved fertility can take up to a quarter of the year.
If you are having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep due to partner disturbances, back pain, or other issues, then it may be time to invest in a new mattress to help with your fertility.
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