Do it in the dark if you want to get pregnant quickly, say scientists

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 21, 2015, 10:45 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 3:16 am IST
Artificial sources of light disrupt women's sleep cycles and eventually their fertility
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Perhaps the reason why you haven’t got the good news yet is that you aren’t switching off the bedroom lights. According to a recent study, well-lit bedrooms could be playing havoc with the reproductive cycle of most women, especially those who are middle-aged.   

The researchers suggest those struggling to conceive to get a good night’s sleep apart from dimming the lights in the evening and having regular meals. The reason for this is that artificial lights have disrupted the body clock of humans, which has even resulted in making us more vulnerable to illnesses like cancer, diabetes and depression.

 

Researcher Dr Gene Block, of the University of California Los Angeles explains, “In modern society, females are exposed to many challenging perturbations in the environment that may play a role in fertility difficulties. We now live with high light levels in the evening and our sleep cycle is disrupted by shift work or crossing time zones,” as reported by the Daily Mail

Sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley also said the body rhythms are so ‘exquisitely timed’ that it should not be surprising that even our fertility is affected by our sleep cycles, reports the Daily Mail

 

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