Sleep Patterns and Ovulation

Sleep Patterns and Ovulation

We hear over and over again how important a good night’s sleep is to our overall health and well being. It is implanted in our brains, 8 hours of sleep a night.. Not many of us actually get that much sleep, and there are tons of people out there who suffer from sleep disorders and sleep problems of varying degrees. Women, in particular, suffer from these sleep issues during certain times of the month that correspond with certain parts of their cycle. But, the question is, does sleep affect ovulation? Today we are going to find out if there really is a connection. Claim Your 20 Free Ovulation Tests – Click Here

It’s all about progesterone

Well, the answer is progesterone. It all comes down to progesterone, yet again. That should be a testament to just how powerful of a hormone progesterone is. When progesterone levels in the body are the highest, women sometimes feel extremely sleepy, even during normal daytime and work activities. Progesterone acts as a sort of sedative that helps to prepare your body for ovulation. Right before your period, your progesterone levels drop off sharply. If you pay close attention, you might notice a few nights of sleeping problems or insomnia right around the time your period starts. This is due to the sharp decline in progesterone in the body. Your body has been used to that progesterone giving it that sedative like effect at night, but once those levels drop, it can be a real problem for your sleep habits.

Same applies to ovulation

The same thing goes for ovulation as well. During ovulation, lots of women report sleep problems and disturbances. That is because your progesterone levels are lower. After you ovulate, however, you will start to see a gradual increase in your sleep quality. This is because your progesterone levels are beginning to rise again and they are increasing, little by little. See the pattern?

Low progesterone = insomnia

Low progesterone levels equal bad sleep and insomnia. High progesterone levels equal good sleep, even sometimes daytime sleepiness and grogginess. This is why some women experience relief from sleep problems when they go on birth control pills, since these pills regulate these hormones and don’t give you an overabundance of any of them. One thing is for sure: it is normal for women to experience sleep problems right before and during menstruation and also right before and during ovulation. This is actually one of the ovulation symptoms. So, if you are experiencing sleep problems, please know that you are not alone!

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Alyssia Granger
Alyssia Granger | ConceiveEasy
Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.