Fertility Tip #2 - Get between the sheets more

SOS is more than just a cry for help.

It also stands for "shiny object syndrome." 

It's a problem of distraction where you try every new plausible trick that crosses your path in order to reach your goal.  The issue arises from not sticking with one strategy long enough for it to work before moving on to the next one. 

Like how a kid loses interest in a toy as soon as something new comes along.

For you as you continue on your fertility journey, shiny objects may come in the form of more advanced fertility treatments, a new "fix-it" supplement, or the current fertility "superfood."  

I'm not disputing their effectiveness.  

But when you're trying to get pregnant in your late 30s or 40s and have the primary goal of improving egg quality, IVF by itself often isn't the best route.  You've likely already experienced that.

If you're trying to get pregnant naturally, then the question is where to start.  Information overload creates confusion on what's the best path for you.

Whether it's IVF or TTN, it's rooted in the basics.

Fertility tip # 2 is one of those primary needs.  And it's to get 8-9 hours of sleep every night.  

Nothing sexy about it. 

Just a biological need that we all have.  If it wasn't essential for our health, we would have selected that out thousands of years ago through evolution. 

So no matter how much you want to say that you can get by with 5-6 hours of sleep, you can't. 

You've adapted to that little sleep.  That's why you can do what needs to be done.  

But you're not thriving.   That's why you're having difficulty getting pregnant.

Sleep is essential for improving your fertility because the sleep hormone, melatonin, protects the eggs from harmful substances, resulting in poor egg quality.

In fact, a study of 50,000+ women showed that sleep disorder increased the risk of developing female infertility by almost FOUR times.

Less sleep also reduces your antioxidant levels so there is less protection for your eggs.

Another study showed that women who averaged a healthy amount of sleep each night (about 7 – 9 hours) had FSH levels as much as 20% lower than women who averaged 6 or fewer hours per night.

So starting tonight, make it a habit to get your 8 hours in every day.

Come back for tomorrow's fertility tip...Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

If you missed fertility tip #1, you can check it out here.

All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

P.S. If you're digging on these fertility tips and want more, my Fertility Top10 list will take you through what you need step by step: http://zenfertility.com/top10

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