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    Effect of Sleep on Sperm Count, Quality and Male Fertility

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    Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MS, MBBS on 08 Dec 2017 - Written by Dr. Sunil Eshwar - MD, MBBS, DNB - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MS, MBBS

    There are various causes of infertility and sleep is one of them. A man with deprived sleep has increased chances of male infertility. Antisperm antibody in male infertility is commonly seen in men who do not have required fertility levels. Sperm count and quality are adversely affected due to long term lack of routined sleep.

    We all know how sleep is good for health and many of us try to get more and more sleep with our hectic life schedule. But does sleeping more can really improve male fertility? Answer is, sleeping too much or too little can adversely affect the sperm count. According to Boston University School of Public Health researcher, at least 8 hours of sleep is essential requirement to maintain healthy sperm count. Men who sleep less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours has 42% chances of low sperm count and male infertility. So, 7 to 8 hours of sleep seems the best duration.

    Poor sleep duration can lead to unhealthy lifestyle, decrease in sex or decreased libido. Impact of sleep on male fertility is actually hormonal. Sleep is important for testosterone production and testosterone is important for reproduction.

    Male Fertility Factors

    The other factors on which male reproductive capacity depends apart from other factors depends on his ability to:

    1- Healthy sperm for fertilizing the egg: The common cause of infertility in men is issue with the seminal fluid where the sperm is either low in count, immature, abnormal or cannot swim.

    2- Erection for ejaculating the seminal fluid so that it can reach the ovum.

    In 2013, in American Journal of Epidemiology a research was published where it was found that the sperm count was 25 percent lower in the men who slept for less than six hours than those of men who were able to achieve the suggested eight hours of sleep.

    Sex sleeping

    The researchers then analysed 980 men sleeping habits for understanding the bedtime and sleep duration and how these two factors affect male infertility.

    Those who went to bed late and got less sleep have lower sperm count and low survival rate. It also showed an increase in anti-sperm antibody.

    What is Anti-sperm Antibody?

    1- Immune system produces a protein called anti-sperm antibody, which can destroy healthy sperm.

    2- It blocs the seminal fluid's movement and prevent it from reaching the egg thus, stopping fertilization.

    It implies high risk of infertility amongst men with high sperm antibodies.

    How sleep has a big role in improving male fertility?

    The exact reason how sleep can improve or what impact does sleep has on male fertility is not clear. Some researchers believe that sleep leads to the risk of obesity, which can impair the male reproductive function.

    Sex in sleep

    While other researchers believe that improper duration of sleep or less sleep can affect the circadian clock i.e. a biological mechanism, which is responsible for different routine behaviours regarding day and night cycle and ultimately leading to, impaired semen quality.

    Bottom Line

    Disturbed or inadequate sleep is associated with poor lifestyle and poor nutrition in men, which not only affects the health but also, has an adverse effect on male reproductive health as well. For maintaining man's overall health, one should adopt a good lifestyle with balanced diet. The research has proved that excessive sleep or sleep deprivation can impair semen quality. Besides, this type of sleep related semen impairing seems to be reversible and points towards the role of 'sleep correction’, which is not only for male infertility but for also infertility treatment. Proper sleep and rest improves the fertility. And if you are facing any sleeping issues or have fertility related concerns then it is advised to consult the doctor.

     

    Hope you will get all the required and important details about the sex sleeping. How sleep can affect the sperm count and leads to infertility. What are the impacts of less sleep on male fertility and spermcount.Follow Ela woman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

    Dr. Sunil Eshwar

    Written by

    MD, MBBS, DNB
    Infertility Specialist, IVF Specialist
    Bangalore

    Dr. Sunil Eshwar is an Infertility specialist who is presently specializing in laparoscopic surgery, high-risk pregnancies and infertility treatments such as IVF and IUI. Dr. Sunil Eshwar completed his MBBS from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in 2000 and MD from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in 2004. Later, he completed DNB from National Board of Examination in 2006. Dr. Sunil Eshwar is currently practicing at Apollo Fertility, Brookfield, Bangalore. For more information about Dr. Sunil Eshwar, visit elawoman.com

    SOURCES AND REFERENCES:

    • Know all about how to increase male fertility and sperm count with the natural methods  sperm count, Elawoman - 2017
    • Male infertility - causes of infertility, male infertility tests  male infertility, Elawoman - 2017
    • Effect of infertility drugs on premature menopause - when to worry, what to do  infertility treatment, Elawoman - 2017

    6 Comments

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    Mayank Chopra

    How can I lower the production of the anti-sperm antibody so that my healthy sperm would not get killed?

    Oct. 8, 2018, 10:45 a.m. 5.0

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    Zain Khan

    My sperm count is 30 billion per ml. Is it sufficient for my wife to conceive?

    Sept. 28, 2018, 8:11 p.m. 4.5

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    Karan Patel

    Good quality sleep is a must, if a man wants to boost his fertility levels. Thanks for the useful information piece!

    May 31, 2018, 4:15 p.m. 5.0

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    Nitya Prabha

    Having low sperm count can be genetically too. One can have qualitative sperm by opting healthy habits or by treatments like MESA.

    May 12, 2018, 10:21 a.m. 5.0

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    Dashrath Suradkar

    March 21, 2018, 6:06 a.m. 4.5

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    Varun Raj

    This problem is very common in men but it only gains concern while conceiving. Thanks for the share.

    Jan. 16, 2018, 11:15 a.m. 4.5

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