Irregular Sleep? You Might Face Problems in Fertility

By WebDesk

23 Mar 2019

Irregular Sleep? You Might Face Problems in Fertility

A bunch of lifestyle factors add to the list of problems that can affect the fertility of both men and women. Naming some of the factors that can add to the problems you face in fertility are smoking, alcohol consumption, stress and sleep. Lack of sleep or sleep disorders actually contribute to the raise of infertility in both the sexes.

Both men and women’s fertility is effected by less or even extra sleeping habits. Losing sleep regularly can effect various reproductive hormones including estrogen, luteinizing hormone(LH), prolactin, follicle-stimulating hormone and progesterone in women resulting in lower fertility rate.  In case of men, less or irregular sleep results in less release of testosterone that is critical to healthy sperm production.

CDC (Centers for disease and control) says that the lack of sleep affect the hormones and deplete the chances of fertility for both the sexes. According to them, the release of hormones that affect ovulation in women and sperm maturation or production in men are regulated by sleep-wake hormones regulated by the brain. Improper functioning of brain or getting more or less than the desired amount of sleep is harmful.

Well sleeping less is injurious but studies also reveal that getting extra sleep also does not help. Men and women who sleep a lot can also have problems related to fertility and pregnancy.CDC initiatives suggest seven hours of sleep a night for the adults ageing 21 and above. According to study author Lauren Wise poor sleep can also effect libido and health status which and affect fertility with additional factors known to influence including BMI(Body mass index), age, frequency of sex and many more. Peter Schlegel, chair of Urology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City and Past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), says that men should sleep between 7 to 9 hours and this makes them more fertile increasing their contribution in pregnancy.

There is an actual increase in the number of women reporting sleep problems which are other than sleep apnea according to study in Taiwan over ten years period where the study was conducted among 16,000 women who are 3.7 time more inclined towards poor fertility rate which majorly included women between age group 26-30. The study suggested that the limitations were not restricted only to fertility but the women were also facing menstrual problems, depression and anxiety due to sleep disorders. But above all this UCSF clinical psychologist Jennifer Felder says that insomnia which is considered to be lack of sleep or sleep disorder can be cured with cognitive therapy which can be done with a therapist or with self  help recommended books.

Sleep disorders are normal but you can actually help yourself taking many precautions such as eating healthy, controlling stress level, exercises, as well as good quality sleep. You can consult experts to drag you out of sleep illness.

Boston University School of Public Health study surveyed at the exact level of sleep needed by couples to be eligible for pregnancy and here is the result from around 790 couples-


  • Men with sleeping schedule for more or less than eight hours had 42% reduction in chances of getting involved and activeness in pregnancy.
  • Men who almost suffered problems in sleeping self reported that they had problems in getting their partners pregnant.
  • For women, sleeping less than six hours or eight hours resulted in less chances of fertility and getting pregnant.


While most of the research is focused on sleeping more or little sleep you can fix your hours of sleep and obviously make yourself more flexible and fertile.