The amount and quality of sleep you get each night is a good indicator of your general health, and it can really play a huge role in either promoting or hurting your fertility. Doctors recommend 8 hours every night, but all people have different sleeping habits and needs, so it’s great to track your sleep to see how it affects you personally.
How sleep factors into fertility
Sleep is your body’s best time to recover after a long day of walking, breathing, and doing all the other incredibly involved activities you partake in, so it’s super important that you’re getting enough shut-eye to ensure that all of your systems are running smoothly. Sleep allows your body to rebuild and re-energize itself on a nightly basis, and if you’re not getting enough, both your general health and your fertility may fall victim.
Women who do not get enough sleep at night may be at a greater risk for obesity or stress, which can lead to irregular cycles and missed ovulations. Getting too much or too little sleep might also mean that there is an underlying general health issue at play. So whether you’re TTC, want to stay healthy as can be, or just want to make sure nothing is amiss, it’s super important that you try to get the rest you need – and logging your ZZZs with Ovia is a fantastic way to gain insight into just how much you’re getting.
Tracking your sleep with Ovia
Ovia asks you to enter your sleep data, either manually or through your favorite self-tracking device, for two main reasons. Firstly, the amount of sleep you get each night can be a good indicator of your general health, particularly if you are getting way too much, or not nearly enough. Ovia will be able to tell you when you might want to make adjustments in your sleeping routine in order to better promote your fertility.
The second reason is that the amount of sleep you get in a night could greatly help Ovia with the accuracy of your cycle and fertility predictions. Some women may notice a pattern between their sleep and ovulation cycle (e.g. you tend to sleep way more a few days after ovulation) or with sleep and PMS symptoms.
So it’s great to track your sleep data with Ovia to make your predictions more accurate and so those ZZZs can give you important insight into your health.