The Surprising Way Your Gut Health Impacts Sleep + What To Do

Must Read

A Beginner’s Guide To 10 Types Of Crystals & How To Use Each Of Them

Whether you just bought a new crystal, or you've...

This Homemade Plant-Based Ground “Beef” Has Gut-Healthy Ingredients

While there are a number of vegan meat substitutes...

3 Things This MD Says You’re Probably Missing On Nutrition Labels

You likely know the issues with factory-farmed meat (here’s...

From a superficial standpoint, it can seem like the gut is only in charge of eating, digesting and absorbing nutrients—but as any functional medicine expert will tell you, this complex organ plays a much larger role in the body. The microbes that live in the gut have a direct line of communication with the brain (called the gut-brain axis), and they produce neurotransmitters which influence sleep, mood, and more. 

According to a study that researched the role of the gut microbiome on sleep health, our circadian rhythm, and mood, one of those neurotransmitters, called GABA (or gamma-aminobutyric acid), is secreted by two types of bacteria in the microbiome: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

“GABA enables the body and mind to relax, fall asleep, and sleep soundly throughout the night,” clinical psychologist and board-certified sleep specialist Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., previously told mbg. According to the study, inadequate expression of GABA has been linked to suboptimal sleep and mood

Another neurotransmitter that is secreted by the gut and plays a role in sleep is melatonin. In fact, “the gut contains at least 400 times more melatonin than the pineal gland,” says a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. Melatonin tells your brain that it’s time to go to sleep—which is an essential step in the bedtime process. 

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest News

A Beginner’s Guide To 10 Types Of Crystals & How To Use Each Of Them

Whether you just bought a new crystal, or you've...

This Homemade Plant-Based Ground “Beef” Has Gut-Healthy Ingredients

While there are a number of vegan meat substitutes on the market these days,...

3 Things This MD Says You’re Probably Missing On Nutrition Labels

You likely know the issues with factory-farmed meat (here’s a refresher, just in case)....

All You Need to Know About Calorie Deficit Diet – HealthifyMe

SummaryIn India’s ever-growing fitness industry, most young adults are looking for ways to lose weight. With many opinions regarding various weight loss methods,...

Spring Camping Gear For Every Adventure

As weather warms and the melt begins, it’s time to start getting oriented back outdoors—or at least to find new ways of creating outdoor...
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -