There are twenty-four hours in a day. Eight of these hours are for you to sleep, to rest, repair, rejuvenate, and recover from the day before. The majority of people report that not only do they not get enough sleep; they also find it hard to get to sleep, stay asleep, and get back to sleep once they have woken up. So why are we waking up so much in the night? Are we more stressed and anxious about work and life in general? Are we living close to the bread line, out of our means and close to the bone?
It may sound crazy to you that your gut would have anything to do with the reason you can't sleep but think again it may be the answer.
The relationship between your circadian rhythms and your microbiome according to new science could be more prominent than you think. The relationship between gut health and brain health is dynamic and its where we will start the investigation.
Your microbial ecosystem can affect the quality and duration of your sleep; equally, a lack of sleep can impact your microbial diversity. A diverse microbiome keeps your immune system healthy, your energy high, and your sleep sound.
Why can't I sleep? All of the below can be affecting your sleep.
The sleep/wake hormonal cycle
Anxiety and depression issues
Organ / visceral discomfort
We have heard a lot about the Gut / Brain Axis and how they work and influence each other. Sleep may be disturbed by your intestinal microbiome, bacteria that release neurotransmitters such as gabba, serotonin, dopamine all regulate mood, sleep.
Sleep is the most critical element of your life, and it is one that as a nation, we are struggling with more than ever. Why is this? Monkey mind (thoughts keeping you up at night) Processed food, being overworked and underpaid, lack of blackout in your bedroom, street, town, city, country? When did all become so obsessed with keeping the lights on?
The good news is that you can do a lot to help you get into deep sleep and rest and repair your beautiful body!
Move aside, lavender tea there's a new guru of sleep in the house! GABA! (GABA AMINOBUTYRIC ACID)
GABA is a neurotransmitter of the nervous system. So Gaba reduces anxiety and improves sleep. It fast tracts you to sleep quicker (shortens sleep latency) and puts you into a deeper sleep. Where has Guru Gaba been all the life you ask?
Benefits of GABA:
Increases calmness and relaxation
Luckily for you, GABA IS THE SINGLE MOST STUDIED amino acid, so it's on-trend.
If you don't want to take a powder/ supplement, no problem you can get GABA in your food also!
And wait for it its good for your GUT too! Get on that fermented food bandwagon with sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, Japanese miso, and kefir for a sound nights sleep. Providing you don't overeat, you can increase the diversity and quantity of your bacteria for better sleep.
Melatonin is the hormone of sleep, the darkness hormone, and essential to the sleep-wake cycle. It is produced in the gut as well as the brain and researchers now believe that melatonin in the gut behaves differently than the melatonin produced by the pineal gland in the brain.
In a nutshell out gut affects how we sleep and how we sleep affect the health of our gut. If you start to look after your diet, you will, in turn, begin to look after your sleep.
Put very simply: our gut affects how well we sleep, and sleep affects the health of our stomach when you start with diet and nutrition its like a knock-on effect to all systems of the body working better for a better-improved version of you.
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