Nightlights, Artificial Light & Infertility

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Do you sleep with a night light on, or worse, with the television on? A recent study from Cell Reports states that artificial lights during the night time can have a negative effect on a woman’s fertility. Our natural body clock is connected to our reproductive system, and as that is affected by both natural and artificial light, it makes sense that any kind of light might affect our hormones and our bodies.

Moreover, anything in the environment or in our lifestyles that might throw off our body cycles may have a negative effect on one’s fertility, such as shift work, over-working, doing too much (or too little) physical activity. Many women conceive once they stop night shifts and change certain lifestyles, which is encouraging for those who have not conceived yet. Sometimes making a simple change is all it takes to shift one’s fertility into a more conceivable state.

What about computers? Or cell phones? All electronics give off light, so keeping these on, or letting your laptop stay open and on while in bed may be a habit you’ll want to kick, as your body will interpret it as natural sunlight and give your brain the message that it’s time to wake up or stay awake, while your circadian rhythm is trying to wind down and shut off so that you can rest and make the proper hormones you need to function on a day to day basis.

Interrupting hormones like melatonin and cortisol will, in the long run, have a negative impact on other hormones. Melatonin may also protect eggs in a woman’s ovaries, as it has antioxidant properties, making it essential to protecting and restoring one’s fertility. Take home message? If you are a woman, and you are trying to conceive, you should try to rest for eight hours every night in an area where there is no light to ensure that your biological clock has an easier time staying in-time.

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