Did you know that sleep deprivation has a powerful influence on the endocrine system, which can directly disrupt a woman’s cycle and ovulation? In a trial done by the National Sleep Foundation, they found the average adult woman gets only 6 hours and 41 minutes of sleep. The recommended amount of sleep for women is 7 to 9 hours. A consistent lack of sleep can have huge consequences, both physically and mentally, and may directly impact your fertility.
Leptin level play a role in normal ovulation and menstruation, and chronic lack of sleep can lead to low leptin levels, can impact weight control, and can slow your metabolism. Sleep deprivation can also impact stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenocorticotropic (ACTH), both of which suppress your ability to conceive in both men and women.
Finally, according to a 2002 study, Effects of Shiftwork on Sleep and Menstrual Function in Nurses, irregular sleep patterns were proven to disrupt healthy reproductive functions in both men and women. Women who work night shifts tend to experience more “menstrual irregularities, reproductive disturbances, [and] risk of adverse pregnancy outcome.”
That all being said, don’t let sleep be a low priority. Future parents should aim for at least 8 hours of sleep every night. If you have trouble sleeping, we would love to help!
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National Sleep Foundation https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/women-and-sleep
Effects of Shiftwork on Sleep and Menstrual Function in Nurses http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399330290107449