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Sleep deprived? Blame your gut bacteria!

by , 04 November 2016
Sleep deprived? Blame your gut bacteria!
Do you hit the snooze button once or twice before rolling out of bed every morning? Do constantly find yourself reaching for that next cup of coffee to make it through the day? You're not alone…

While doctors recommend that adults should get at least seven hours of sleep each night, a whopping 30% of us get less than six!

It's no surprise that sleep deprivation can sabotage your health (not to mention your concentration and productivity!) in so many ways. But there's some good news - scientists have found a way that you can catch more z's, and it's all linked to the bacteria in your gut.

Read on to learn about the gut-sleep connection…

Sleep and your gut – yes, they’re related!

Scientists have only just discovered that the amount and quality of your sleep every night has a strong association with the trillions of bacteria cells found in your digestive tract.
 
These bacteria are part of your human microbiome, microorganisms and bacteria that live in your body, from the surface of your skin to the lining of your stomach.
 
Over the past couple of years, scientists have been researching the many complicated ways that microbes interact with and influence your bodily functions and processes. One of the things they’ve identified is that your gut microbiome affects your sleep.

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Studies have found a connection between the gut microbiome and 24-hour-cycle body clock

Your body clock, also known as the circadian rhythm, helps to regulate processes including eating and sleeping. It also helps control your hunger cues, when you fall asleep, when you wake up and how easily you pick up or lose weight.
 
What’s more, scientists have found that your gut microbe has an affect on the regulation of these rhythms and processes as well as the regulation of your body’s stress (or cortisol) levels. As you know, stress hormones play a key role in your sleep cycle…
 
When these levels get disrupted so that you have overly high levels at night, your sleep cycle is disturbed. The result? Poor quality sleep! And here’s something even more interesting – it’s a two-way relationship between your gut and sleep… disruptions in your sleep cycle can also bring about negative changes in your gut bacteria, which will only further disrupt your sleep.
 
If you suffer from gut health, try this simple three-step plan to finally put your gut (and, in turn, sleep) problems to an end!



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