How Daylight Savings Time Affects Fertility & Sleep | Whole Health
Fertility and Sleep
How does Daylight Savings Time affect fertility and sleep? Most immediately, Daylight Savings Time gives us an extra hour of light during the day. Instead of getting dark at 5:30, we will now have light until 6:30. As we turn more emphatically towards spring, we will have even more light during the day. It does mean that we have less light in the morning. Our Circadian rhythm tells us to stay in bed. I'd be happy to listen!
This shift in time and light can also be felt in fertility treatment. As we have more light, often we feel lighter. It starts to get warmer as it gets lighter. We move out of hibernation mode, having kept warm and cozy during the winter. We shed our coats and sweaters and feel our way back into our bodies. Often, we notice our bodies for the first time in months.
Fertility and Whole Health
What's the connection between fertility and whole health--sleep, food and infertility? What are the links? How could there not be? Our physical bodies are made up primarily of what we put into them and how we treat them. Our choices in food, sleep and exercise affect our health, including our fertility and our response to fertility treatment. We're here to help you with education, support and answers to questions.
A lot of us decide on diets and types of exercise to get into shape for the summer months that are on the way. March is National Nutrition Month. Every Wednesday of this month, we will have a blog related to fertility and nutrition approved by Nutritionist Carolyn Gundell, MS, of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. These blogs will include tips, answers to frequently asked questions, recipes and more. Look for them on Wednesdays.
Today, I offer these sleep tips sourced from Helpguide.org, a non-profit health resource.
1. Have a regular bed time as well as getting up at the same time. This means resisting staying up late on the weekends or sleeping in.
2. Napping works for some of us but not all of us. If you find it helps to take a 30 minute nap and that's a possibility, do take one. Be aware that it may cause difficulty going to sleep that night. If that happens, a nap may not be a good choice for you.
3. Give yourself a electronic curfew. Turn off all computers, TV's and e-readers at least one hour before bedtime. Get an old fashioned book to read at night. Avoid the phone as well as upsetting conversations for at least one hour before going to sleep.
4. If it's possible, have your bedroom be for sleeping only. Reading in bed before sleeping could be your exception. Try to do everything else somewhere else in your living space.
As you know, we're here to help; you can help too, though. Do you have an idea that works particularly well for you? Let us know what it is and we'll post it here.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.