Are you the type of man that does NOT get adequate amount of sleep? This is a big reason why you need to adjust your sleeping habit. Sleep deprivation affects your fertility negatively!
A lot of men are already aware that inadequate sleep affects a person’s productivity and mood, however new research has revealed that there is a direct link between how much sleep you get each day and your sperm morbidity and mortality.
If you are interested in a having a child presently, it is essential that you get enough amount of sleep every night – you need to aim for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night!
The research study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and it showed that not enough sleep can adversely affect the quality of a man’s sperm. And it also goes further to reveal that disturbances during sleep can also adversely affect a man’s sperm.
How Sleep Deprivation And Sperm Quality
The research study spanned from January 2008 to June 2011 and it included a study size of 953 men from Denmark. The study researchers retrieved blood samples and semen from the study participants and they were also put through a physical examination.
All the men in the research study were asked to answer questions concerning their lifestyle which included their sleeping pattern and disturbances. The questions that they were asked on sleeping patterns and disturbances during sleep were centred on the most recent 4 weeks whenever they were asked.
The research found out that the men who said that they had sleep disturbances had 29% lesser sperm in the semen samples than the men who did NOT have sleep disturbances.
The Results Of The Study On How Sleep Deprivation Affects Sperm Quality
The results of the research study were that:
“Sleep disturbances showed an inverse U-shaped association with sperm concentration, total sperm count, percent motile and percent morphologically normal spermatozoa, and testis size”
The simple translation of that is the men that did not get adequate sleep at night had lower sperm count and more sperm cells that were deformed than the men that had enough sleep every night.
The study also reported that the men that indicated experiencing sleep disturbances such as: insomnia, sleep apnea, inadequate sleep because of their job, waking up multiple times in the night etc. had:
- 29 percent lower sperm concentration
- 6 percent lower of healthy sperm cells in their samples of semen
The study researchers stated that they hoped they would other research studies carried out to find out if sleep disturbances treatments would help in improving sperm quality and restoring semen to its healthy and normal levels.
But, it is normal for us to assume that if not getting adequate sleep can reduce a man’s sperm quality and sperm count, then getting enough sleep every night is going to be essential in ensuring that you produce healthy and strong sperm cells that would be able to impregnate a woman easily.
Other Things That The Research Study Also Found Out
The research study also discovered that the men who had the sleep disturbances were more likely to be obese or overweight and usually had other unhealthy habits such as: drinking too much alcohol and smoking cigarettes every day.
The researchers suggested in the study report that these unhealthy habits and excess body fat may be what contributes to the lower sperm morbidity and mortality in the participants that were sleep deprived.
If you are at the point in your life where you are trying to have children, it is better that you start healthy lifestyle habits such as: regular physical exercise, stop smoking, only drink in moderation, lift weights regularly and make sure that you always get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night – all these would help in making sure you have the best quality semen/sperm cells to get your woman pregnant.