Are We Getting Enough Zzzz’s???


As promised, each Thursday, we will now offer you a piece of educational, science, or research related information. The purpose of our #ThursdayThoughts post is to share with you fact-based content that can enlighten and assist you on your fertility journey. Enjoy our post! Helping to Create New Beginnings….

Are We Getting Enough Zzzz’s???

It is estimated that 1 in 10 women struggle with sleep. Lack of sleep has shown to have an increased risk for multiple diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes type 2, and hypertension. But, does it affect fertility? The answer is yes. The physiology behind this is not exactly clear. There is a study (Touzet S et al. Fertil Steril. 2002 Apr;77(4):738-44) that shows that sleep duration and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels have a significant association. FSH is a key hormone in fertility. The study showed that FSH was 20% higher in long-time sleepers than in short-time sleepers. Even more detailed was a study (Park, H.G. Sun et al. ASRM Abstracts. 2013 Sept; 100 (3): S466) that looked at the effect of sleep duration on IVF outcomes. It showed that moderate sleep of about 7-8 hours is recommended in order to improve IVF outcomes. For more information regarding fertility testing and treatment, please call 808-545-2800 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, or visit our website at


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