Sleep Could Affect Your IVF Outcome

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Sleep Could Affect Your IVF Outcome
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 2:38pm

How many hours of sleep you get a night could impact the success of your IVF treatments: 

A team of researchers from Korea analyzed the self-reported sleep habits of more than 650 women before undergoing IVF and broke them into three groups: "Short sleepers" got four to six hours per day; "moderate sleepers" got seven to eight; and "long sleepers" got nine to 11. Overall, pregnancy rates were higher in the moderate sleepers than in women who clocked more than nine hours a night -- 53 percent versus 43 percent respectively. The pregnancy rate among short sleepers was roughly 46 percent.

"We don't know a lot about sleep and fertility -- there's not very much research out there," said Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata, a reproductive endocrinologist with the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area. Sgarlata, who did not work on the study, called the findings "new and interesting," but cautioned that they were preliminary and do not establish clear cause and effect.

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