For Valentines: 3 Rules for Fertility from fertility expert, Natalie Kringoudis. Rule 1: Sleep

We asked fertility expert, Natalie Kringoudis, if she’d pass on her tips for conceiving a baby. She very helpfully wrote back a lot of information on how to tune your body for reproduction.

One of the things she writes about is the overactivity of hormone prolactin which may be lowered with the use of the herbal remedy Agnus Castus or ‘Chasteberry’….

I’m regularly asked ‘What can I do to be more fertile?’ 

It’s actually one of the main reasons I wrote my ebook – Fertilise Yourself.

There are many things that need to be addressed to gear you toward a healthier, more fertile you.  Here’s the first of 3 key points to have your reproductive organs raring…

SLEEP – make it count!

Sleep is the elixir to wellness. We know how awful and depleted we feel when we are running on adrenaline and not resting enough.  The consequences of sleep deprivation are not just that you feel lousy. It’s a sign that your body is severely depleted.  When we fail to listen to our bodies talking, we can’t expect great health.

Sleep between the hours of 10pm – 6am.  

It will absolutely lower hormone levels to what they should be, which makes you fertile.

Prolactin is a hormone that assists with ovulation.  When we don’t sleep adequately, prolactin levels rise and disrupt the whole ovulation process.  This can halt fertility.  Sleep is also key for several other reasons.

Our bodies all have a 24 cycle known as the circadian rhythm.  It’s the body’s inner time-keeper responsible for the day to day (and night) body functions.  One of its main jobs is hormone production.  When light is decreased, our clock tells us it is time to rest and adversely when there is more light, we are stimulated to be awake.  Alteration to this cycle disrupts the normal body rhythm.  Regular disruption to these patterns will most certainly affect our body’s normal working order – fertility included.  Most of the secretion of hormones is controlled by the circadian clock and sleep is one of the major things that will affect this – we need to sleep at the right time.

Women who sleep less than 5 hours per night are more likely to be overweight and drink more coffee.

Both of these affect fertility.  Weight alone can lower fertility by up to 50%.  Lack of sleep will also make you more hungry (as our body craves the right balance of nutrients, so it tells you your hungry) and will do whacky things to hormones, to the point where it can lead to diminished fertile mucus.

Men are in just as much need to a quality night sleep.  Their fertility (specifically sperm) is also affected as the testosterone balance is skewed should they not get enough shuteye.  Undoubtedly men feel just as awful as a woman do without adequate rest – also falling way to being over weight – again affecting fertility.  Men who are fatigued have a lower libido and are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.

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