Sleep and Hormones

Did you know our hormonal balance is affected by light? And hormonal balance is key for a healthy reproductive system and fertility. An important aspect of hormonal health has to do with being connected to night and day. Our bodies respond to a natural contrast in light and dark and we produce hormones accordingly.

A common, yet little known, issue for my patients who live in New York City, is exposure to light at night. Exposure to light while you sleep can set off a chain reaction within the pineal gland that can affect your circadian rhythms (your wake/sleep patterns). The pineal gland produces melatonin, a hormone that affects the reproductive system. At night, you want to make sure that your bedroom is as dark as possible when you sleep. This might mean covering your windows with thick light-blocking curtains.

Also, to balance the darkness at night, make sure you have an adequate amount of time outdoors during the day. As the weather is getting warmer, this is easier! You also need to get the proper amount of sleep for your body. Generally, 7 to 10 hours is a good range.

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