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How To Improve Ivf Chances By Getting Enough Sleep
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If you are wondering how to improve IVF chances, there are various strategies you can employ which will give you the best possible opportunity for success. There are many you have probably already heard of and maybe have adopted. However, did you realise that simply getting enough sleep could make the difference between a positive and negative pregnancy test?

Of course, I am assuming that you are already eating the right diet and you have dropped any harmful habits, such as smoking and drinking alcohol and that you are following all the general advice given by your clinic. Putting all the pieces of the fertility jigsaw puzzle is vital and it has been shown that getting enough sleep is intrinsically linked to fertility.

  • A lack of sleep can adversely affect the body's sexual hormones which, in turn, regulate ovulation and menstruation. A disruption in these natural monthly cycles can mean that your systems go haywire and can be difficult to re-establish normal function which is ideally required before embarking on IVF.
  • Less sleep than is necessary can also lower the production of the appetite regulation hormone, Ghrelin, which often leads to unhealthy eating. This, coupled with the general ill-effects which lack of sleep can bring can be harmful to fertility.
  • Lack of sleep can lead to the overproduction of the stress hormone, Cortisol, which can affect fertility.

Women and men over 30 should ideally get between 7 to 9 hours sleep each night. Getting less than this has a negative affect on conception. Not only is there the issue of hormonal imbalance to consider, but during sleep our bodies undergo several processes to help the body function well and good general health is important for reproduction. Processes such as the release of toxins and the optimization of nutrients and the reservation of energy are all worked on whilst we sleep.

Those wanting to know how to improve IVF chances should be aware that our bodies have an inbuilt "clock" and this is known as the "Circadian Rhythm" This is a mechanism which recognises the change from day to night. A gland, known as the Pineal gland regulates this and releases Melatonin, which sends a message to the brain that it is time to sleep. Melatonin helps to regulate body temperature, appetite, the immune system, causing the stress levels to drop and the important fertility hormone levels to rise.

Interestingly, Melatonin levels are at their highest level at around 9pm so logic says that going to bed at that time is ideal. However, this is not always practical but for this reason, aim for a time reasonably close to this to ensure you are in your most fertile state to enable you to conceive.

If you would like to learn more about how to improve IVF chances, please visit my website, Improve The Success of IVF . Here you will find information on a number of natural strategies to boost your chances and maximise your opportunities for conception.


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