Often, people who are trying to get pregnant are likely taking good care of their personal health and eating well. And research suggests that getting a good night’s sleep can help their chances, too — at least when it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF).
For a study presented to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, researchers surveyed 208 women at the Hanabusa Women’s Clinic in Kobe, Japan who were undergoing IVF treatment. Each participant filled out the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality index survey, which asks respondents to indicate things like how often they have trouble falling asleep, wake up in the middle of the night or early in the morning, wake up to use the bathroom, have bad dreams, cough or snore loudly, and feel too hot or too cold. Researchers sorted the women into three groups based on their responses: those with no sleep difficulties (65 percent), mild sleep difficulties (26.8 percent) and severe sleep difficulties (8.2 percent).
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“The chance of eggs fertilized in the laboratory successfully growing into embryos was then assessed,” The Guardian Nigeria reports. “The eggs of women with no sleep problems were successfully fertilized 62.9 percent of the time, falling to 57.1 percent in those with mild sleep difficulties, and 48.4 percent in patients with severe difficulties.”
The researchers did not present data on subsequent embryo implantation success rates or birth rates. However, they concluded that “good sleep patterns can be one of the important daily habits for patients to improve their response to fertility treatments and increase their chances of pregnancy.”
According to the National Sleep Foundation, other studies have suggested that good sleep can increase one’s chances of getting pregnant through IVF. For those trying to conceive or going through IVF, chat with a doctor about any recommended lifestyle changes. And if someone is struggling with sleep specifically, start by practicing good sleep hygiene, sticking to a regular sleep schedule, and make one’s sleeping space as dark and peaceful as possible.
[Editor’s Note: The information provided should not be considered a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a sleep doctor or other medical expert if one has questions related to one’s own health.]
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