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How Fertility is Affected by Sleep and Sunlight

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 0 comments

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Sleep helps restore and rejuvenate the brain and organ systems -- including the reproductive system.

When sleep suffers over the long run, so does our relationship with our spouse, our mood, our immunity, and even our hormone balance.

Sleep loss can also lead to fertility-disrupting lifestyle factors like caffeine overuse and weight gain.

Lack of sleep may even lead to menstrual irregularity -- a factor that can delay the time it takes to conceive.

When researchers polled women in notoriously sleep-deprived professions -- flight attendants and nurses working the late shift -- half of the women reported irregular menstrual cycles (compared to about 20 percent of the general population). Some stopped ovulating altogether.

Even the light we are exposed to on a day-to-day basis has an influence on ovulation and reproductive hormones -- one that has fascinated (and perplexed) researchers for years.

"There is some evidence that before the age of artificial lighting, birth control pills, and working indoors, women all ovulated in sync with the phases of the moon," says Joyce Stahmann, M.P.H., a fertility educator and professional herbalist in Portland, Oregon, who teaches the Natural Fertility Management Program.

Full article: Make the Most of Sleep and Sunlight

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Test Tubes and Testosterone (Male Infertility), by Michael Saunders. Publisher: Nell James Publishers (May 6, 2011)-Test Tubes and Testosterone (Male Infertility)
by Michael Saunders

-- What do you need to make a baby? A willing partner? A good sense of timing?

Some wine maybe? A nice meal and some amorous music? Not always.

There are times when all the romance (and luck) just simply will not do.

In those times, what you need is a specimen pot, a heap of drugs, so many ultra-sound scans that your wife or partner begins to glow in the dark and an unfeasibly large amount of tea.

Providing a rare yet enlightening male perspective on the world of IVF, Test tubes and testosterone is one man's experience of infertility and the IVF journey he embarked on with his wife in order to start a family.

Told with humour, wit and insight, this book sheds light on issues that can be hard to discuss even with the closest of friends or relatives, making it a valuable book for anyone contemplating or going through IVF.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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