We all know that getting a good night's sleep is important for our overall health and well-being, but did you know that your digestive health can also have a major impact on your sleep?
It can be difficult to fall asleep with a rumbly and/or painful tummy, yet what if there are no symptoms as your tucking your self in bed? You might not see the connection and reach for sleep aids, rather than improving your gut health.
The gut is home to a complex network of neurons, known as the enteric nervous system (ENS). This system is responsible for regulating many of the body's functions, including digestion, immunity, and sleep. The ENS is connected to the central nervous system (CNS) via the vagus nerve. This connection allows the gut and brain to communicate with each other. Poor gut health can also disrupt the production of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and GABA. These neurotransmitters are important for regulating mood and sleep.
Gut disorders that have been linked to sleep problems include IBS, acid reflux, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. These conditions can cause pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits that can make it difficult to sleep. If you have a gut disorder and you're struggling with sleep, there are a few things you can do to help improve your sleep, however I believe going the route of improving the health of your gut first, would ideally improve your sleep.
Do you agree?
There are many ways to improve gut health. These include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, taking probiotics, and many more.
Check out my 5 Top Secret Tips to a Happy Tummy to help get you started on improving your gut health, and hopefully improving your sleep.
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