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Is poor sleep hurting your man's sperm count?
by Missy Jaramillo
Have you and your husband been trying to conceive, but haven't had any luck? If so, you may want to make sure that your guy is getting a solid night's sleep. According to a recent article published by MyHealthNewsDaily, researchers from Denmark have discovered that men who report having regular disturbances have a lower sperm concentration than others.
To come to their conclusions, the scientists examined more than 950 young men in their late teens and early 20s. They asked the men how their sleep had been over the course of the past few weeks, and then they conducted blood tests to measure the hormone levels in their system and analyzed their semen. The researchers discovered that the worse that men slept, the poorer the quality of their semen.
The findings showed that the men who reported that they had the lowest quality of sleep each night had a 25 percent reduction in their sperm count, 1.6 percent fewer sperm that were normal than those who said that they slept well each night.
The researchers stressed that this is just an association, and they can't say for sure if poor sleep directly affects sperm. However, this calls for more research to be conducted to examine if there is a connection between these two things, so you may want to encourage your guy to get more sleep if you've been having trouble getting pregnant.
Other things that can affect sperm
The Huffington Post explains that canned food may be one thing that can lower sperm count. While this may be surprising, the news source explained that studies have shown that the household chemical bisphenol A may lower sperm count and mobility. Food packaging, particularly cans, are a common source of BPA, and it may get into the food.
Also, you may want to check and see what types of shampoos or soaps your husband is using. According to the news source, phthalates found in many soaps and shampoos may affect sperm count, so it may be a good idea to purchase some all-natural products while trying to conceive.
Furthermore, stress can have a major affect on sperm. If you and your husband have been trying for months or years to get pregnant and it is putting a strain on your relationship, then you may want to put the idea on the back burner for a month or so to see if you can relieve some of the tension.
Tips to get more sleep
Of course, if insufficient sleep does turn out to be something that lowers sperm count, there are many simple ways to get more. For example, going to bed at the same time every night - even on the weekends - has been shown to improve the sleep cycle. Also, avoiding caffeine after the morning and cutting back on alcohol may help your man get more sleep. While some people think that drinking alcohol helps them fall asleep, it can actually cause sleep disturbances by forcing people to get up during the night to use the restroom.
There are also many over-the-counter supplements that may help your husband get more rest. For example, melatonin is a hormone that is naturally present in the body that helps control sleep and waking cycles. You can purchase supplements that contain melatonin. People who work night shifts and try to sleep during the day may especially benefit from taking these supplements.
Did you and your husband have any trouble trying to conceive? Did it turn out to be a problem with his sperm? If so, what was the reason? Leave your comments here!