In last week’s post at this blog, we discussed the ways in which quality of sleep may be affected when menopause has ended the period of fertility in a woman’s life. It’s only appropriate, then, that we now look at a similar relationship as it runs in the opposite direction, with women of a younger age.
A study was recently published in the journal Sleep which examined the correlations between sleep problems and infertility in women ranging from 25 to 45 years of age. The study expanded upon earlier research that suggested sleep apnea has a significant impact on a woman’s chances of conceiving a child. The new data broadens this assessment to include other types of sleep problems. It demonstrates that women who suffer from them are approximately three times as likely to experience infertility.
As with many studies, it should be emphasized that the nature of the relationship between these two variables is not firmly established. The relevant research observes not only decreased fertility in women with sleep problems, but also increases in problems like anxiety and depression. This is also something that was previously discussed on this blog as part of our ongoing effort to show the health risks that can result from inadequate sleep.
It is quite possible that it is these other health issues and not poor sleep alone that is causing infertility in women who struggle to fall asleep at night or stay asleep until morning. But whatever the case may be, it seems clear that when a woman hopes to conceive, she has an even greater than normal incentive to make sure that she is maintaining proper sleep hygiene and resting her body on a comfortable mattress in an environment that is fully conducive to sleep.
The topic of fertility is also a good reminder of the fact that a good bed is for more than sleeping in. This blog has spent a lot of time emphasizing the benefits that an Everlay mattress and pillow can provide to your sleep habits, and we will continue to do so. But it bears mentioning that when a mattress has helped you to overcome longstanding sleep problems, there’s a good chance it will help you in other areas of your life, as well.
All the known effects of good-quality sleep – decreased anxiety and depression, more mental acuity and better overall health –also recognizably correlate with the quality of one’s sex life. And a good sex life, in turn, is the first step toward conceiving a child, which might be an easier task in a mattress that helps you sleep soundly, when that is what you want to do.