Sex educator explains new study which links sleeping patterns to a woman’s ability to become pregnant
Over 6 million women in America struggle to achieve and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Now, a new study has found that our poor sleep might be to blame when it comes to fertility battles.
“Researchers found that women who go to bed at the same time each night are FOUR times more likely to become within a year than women do not,” says Dr. Laura Berman, Los Angeles-based sex therapist and educator. “And those who went to bed within 90 minutes of the same time each night were TWICE as likely to become pregnant.”
Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis followed the sleep patterns of women who were trying to conceive by having them wear a smartwatch. They then discovered one shocking connection: Women who maintain the same bedtimes on a regular basis were able to become pregnant at much higher rates than those who had erratic bedtimes.
“This is helpful information, because it helps us understand that it doesn’t matter whether you go to bed at 9 p.m. or even 9 a.m., say if you work the night shift,” says Dr. Berman, who is a New York Times bestselling author, radio host, and television personality. “But what does matter is having a dependable sleep routine and hitting the sack at a same time on a regular basis.”
Dr. Berman, who is a representative for ToConcieve, says that many other hidden factors can impact a woman’s fertility as well, including poor iodine levels, the use of OTC medications like ibuprofen, eating a lot of red meat, and being exposed to many air pollutants (as well as lead pollution in a woman’s water source).
ToConcieve was created by ob-gyns in conjunction with Callitas Health Inc. (CSE: LILY, OTCBB: MPHMF, FWB: T3F2). The fertility enhancing gel is unlike any other fertility product on the market in that it actually encourages the woman’s body to create more of her own lubricant, which in turn may increase the activation of sperm and the woman’s chances of pregnancy. Unlike every other lubricant on the market, ToConceive doesn’t just add chemical lubricants to a woman’s body, it actually encourages her to make more of her own natural lubricant which not only adds to her pleasure, but also may improve her chances of natural conception.