Monday, May 27, 2013

Sleep loss may impact male fertility

This article discusses how sleep problems may be associated with male fertility problems. Researchers surveyed young men around 18 years old and tested a sample of their sperm. Those that had disturbed sleep (not defined in the article) or slept less than 6 hours had 29% reduced sperm concentrations. They also had reduced sperm quality and smaller testicles. What's not clear is why these men had disturbed sleep - was it from a sleep disorder or voluntary sleep deprivation? If it's the latter, than more sleep may help couples that have trouble conceiving.

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