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You may not even realise this, but there is actually a connection between gut health and sleep. But does sleep affect gut health, or is it the other way around? Let’s find out.

To set the stage on gut health and sleep, there are a few things to mention. The first is that there is a very close relationship between the gut and the brain. In particular, both our gut and our brain contain many neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) and hormones that are involved in our sleep pathway or that have an influence on our sleep. This shows that the state of our gut health, as well as our brain health, can impact our sleep.

Some other keys factors to note:

All of these factors greatly highlight just how important gut health is for regulation of a healthy sleep cycle. If your Microbiome and gut health is out of balance your serotonin and melatonin production will be affected, and those are two of the most important compounds for sleep. In addition, sleep (or lack thereof) influences the state of the microflora in your gut and is one of the FREE ways to keep your gut bacteria healthy.

Sleep is something you are going to do anyway so you may as well make it the best you can! Many people with imbalances in gut health find that they have sleep issues, and when healing their gut see improvements in sleep. By the same token, it is very likely that people who have sleep issues probably also have poor gut health.

So to answer the question, “Does sleep affect gut health, or is it the other way around?”

You can probably now gather that is it an intricately connected cycle where both factors influence each other and it is extremely important to look after both.

How else can you look after your gut health?

How do you look after your sleep? Check out my Sleep Nutrition posts 1, 2, 3, 4. Plus, stay tuned for my upcoming Sleep Nutrition 6 week program!!!

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DISCLAIMER: All content I share here on my blog is written from my own personal experiences, thoughts and opinions and is not intended to replace medical or lifestyle advice from a practising professional.

References

Dr Michael Breus, Huffington Post – Unlocking the Sleep-Gut Connection

Thirty Four Years Since the Discovery of Gastrointestinal Melatonin

Distribution, Function and Physiological Role of Melatonin in Lower Gut

Anna Azvolinsky, The Scientist – Gut Microbes Influence Circadian Clock

Adam Hadhazy, Scientific American – Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Wellbeing

How (and Why) the Immune System Makes Us Sleep

Chris Kresser – Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Brain

Dr Joseph Mercola – Your Gut Bacteria Affects Your Brain Function

The Gut Microbiome and the Brain

Melinda Wenner, Scientific American – Humans Carry More Bacterial Cells Than Human Ones

Dr Joseph Mercola – Early Exercise Changes Your Gut, Health and Future

Dr David Perlmutter – Why Your Gut Bacteria Love Exercise

Kelly Tatera, The Science Explorer – Scientists Reveal Why “Forest Bathing” or Going to the Beach Boosts Our Wellbeing

Chris Kresser – How Stress Wreaks Havoc on Your Gut – And What You Can Do About It

Dr Joseph Mercola – How Stress Wreaks Havoc on Your Gut – And What To Do About It