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Bed Time and Fertility

Did you know Melatonin (an antioxidant) has an impact on both mate and female fertility.

Within the brain lies the Pineal Gland - who's job it is to produce Melatonin. This hormone helps to:

  • Control the body's sleep/ wake patterns (circadian rhythms)

  • Regulate the body clock

  • Promote healthy eggs

  • Promote healthy sperm

  • Controls the release of reproductive hormones

  • Aids with implantation of the embryo

  • Acts as an antioxidant within the egg cell

  • Protect the sperm from oxidative stress

To much or to little can affect sex drive

To optimize Melatonin production and aid better sleep:

  • Sleep in a darkened room

  • Switch of TV's, Computers, Tablets, Mobile Phones

  • Get as much natural daylight

  • Have a regular sleep - wake schedule

  • Going to bed before midnight

  • Try blue blockers

  • Avoid drinking alcohol/caffeine 3 to 5 hours before bedtime

  • Go for a 15 minute walk in the mornings

All can lead to better sleep and frequent sex

Shift workers, such as:

  • Hospital workers

  • Security guards

  • Police officers

Female shift workers may experience a reduction in Melatonin leading to:

  • Longer menstrual cycles

  • Heavier menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhoea)

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Early miscarriages

Male shift workers may experience a reduction in Melatonin leading to:

  • Lower sperm count

  • Decreased sperm motility

  • Poorer sperm morphology

  • Inflammation

  • Hormone imbalances

Remember sleep is just one factor of your overall fertility health

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