‘An early night’ when trying to conceive could have a whole new meaning if this expert’s advice is followed. Because not only will a good night’s sleep help – so will investing in a new set of blackout blinds…
The claim, led by cellular biologist Professor Reiter from the University of Texas, came after his team re-evaluated a series of studies that examined the role of melatonin levels and circadian rhythms in successful female reproduction.
Professor Reiter found that a good night’s sleep in darkness is vital for optimum reproductive health in women and for protecting the developing fetus.
‘If women are trying to get pregnant, maintain at least eight hours of a dark period at night,’ he advised.
It’s apparently all to do with our bodies’ melatonin levels. Melatonin is an essential hormone for women attempting to conceive as it protects eggs from oxidative stress.
Professor Reiter says, ‘Every time you turn on the light at night, this turns down the production of melatonin.’ Keeping the light off could therefore be a simple way to maintain fertility.
So what can we do? Well, most obviously, keep that light off. And as for those flimsy, thin curtains you’ve never liked, now you’ve got an excuse to throw them out… Professor Reiter recommends keeping the bedroom as dark as possible so why not invest in some blackout blinds? These well help to keep out any light coming in through the windows.
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