As cold season begins to wane, many of us have been practicing ways to stay healthy -- like washing our hands and taking our vitamins – to keep our bodies in optimum health for possible conception. But one way to stay healthy that we often forget about in our busy lives is to get enough sleep.
This week is National Sleep Awareness Week, here’s what you need to know about sleep to keep your fertility options open:
Sleep to Live
Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Your cells and tissues need to recover from use during the day. While you sleep, your body repairs tissues, builds up muscles, and uses protein to create energy.
Lack of sleep alters hormones; which affects metabolism and your responses to stress.
If you depend on caffeine throughout the day, feel sleepy while driving, or regularly feel exhausted, you might be on the low end of enough sleep.
Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re getting on the low end of that and you don’t feel rested and energized, aim for an hour more.
Drinking alcohol close to when you go to bed, while it can make you feel sleepy, will later cause you to wake up during the night.
Sleeping is so often one of the last things we prioritize. There will never be enough time in the day, so maybe consider making a short list of the “essential tasks to do today/tonight”; when the clock hits a certain time, drop everything and head upstairs. Your body needs every ounce of energy during pregnancy, so if you’re trying to conceive, you should be as rested as you can be.
We’ll be working to stick to our own advice! If you are looking for any ideas on how to get more or better sleep, don’t hesitate and click here to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Melanie Ochalski
P.S. Sleep is one of many ways you can keep your body healthy for conception, but if you are struggling to conceive, read about our infertility treatment options here.