Lack of sleep has impact on male fertility

IVF experts have revealed that male fertility can be impacted due to lack of sleep

Sagarika Agarwal, of the Indira IVF Hospital said in the Odisha Sun Times that disturbed sleep could put sperm count at 70 per cent, compared to those who sleep normally.

He said that the male hormone, testosterone, that is crucial for reproduction, is released in men during sleep and lack of sleep could affect that.

“Poor sleep interferes with the body’s ability to produce sperm.”

Male fertility is usually caused by problems that affect either sperm production or sperm transport, according to Shivani Rai from the Gynaecology Department of the city-based Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

He said: “Poor sleep for more than three weeks may cause lower sperm count, deformity in shape and decreased ability to move ahead. Either low numbers of sperm are made or the sperm that are made do not work properly.”

Apart from lower sperm count, Dr Rai also said that poor sleep duration could also contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle, decreased libido and a decrease in sex.

The number of hours sleep needs to be at least seven to nine hours, which should help optimise male fertility

Are you and your partner getting enough sleep?

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