Monday, 8 August 2016

Does using cellphone at night affect fertility?

Sleep habits can affect your health in many different ways, even your chances of getting pregnant. A new research reveals that using phone at night can ruin your chances of getting pregnant.

What does the research say?

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Healthy sleep habits have been known to improve a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. The study suggests that it slows production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep cycle. This prevents it from messing up with the female reproductive hormones.

Researchers from University of California (ULCA), in association with Osaka University and the Japan Science and Technology Agency looked at how exposure to artificial light at night affects fertility in female mice.

When exposed to traditional day-night light patterns, older mice approaching rodent menopause were able to get pregnant 71 percent of the time. Whereas, on being exposed to artificial light at night the fertility chances dropped to 10 percent. There was a substantial fall in fertility rate, which is over 60 percent.

Although, the study was conducted on mice, researchers believe that the findings may also apply to human females.

The bottom line

According to researchers, light at night affects fertility because body's circadian rhythm gets disturbed. Circadian rhythm, body’s internal clock, controls a variety of biological functions including menstrual cycle.

If you have a habit of falling asleep with your phone next to your pillow, you must stop it as soon as possible. If you've been trying for a baby, you must take "circadian hygiene" a bit more seriously.

The importance of good, routine sleeping habits

If you are not sleeping well, it is taxing for the body and can have several adverse effects.
  • It can make you lethargic.
  • It can increase your chances of stroke and heart disease.
  • It can make you obese because of low energy.
  • It can mess with the body's blood sugar levels, which leads to diabetes.
  • It can wreak havoc on the skin and can lead to earlier signs of ageing such as saggy skin and wrinkles.

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