The gut microbiome has been an increasingly touted topic over the past several years, due to the multifaceted benefits it elicits on our general health and well-being – but despite our gut health being the well-known solid foundation to our health, not many of us are aware of the impact it can have on our sleep parameters.
A recently published study revealed that the brain-gut-microbiome axis (BGMA) can influence sleep quality, dependent on the biodiversity . This not only means that a diverse environment can have a positive role in our sleep, but certain bacterial strains can conversely exert a negative impact. The strains present in our gut can directly influence the modulation of certain neurotransmitters such as GABA and serotonin (which is needed to make melatonin), as well as inflammatory cytokines such as IL-6 . What does this mean day-to-day? Well, in simple terms, what, how & when we eat, and how we manage stress, significantly influences our gut microbiome. Moreover, another pivotal factor that plays into the environment of our gut is our genetic predispositions – but not to worry! There are a few ways you can support all of these factors to get your gut to optimal health and get you sleeping better.
Do you find yourself waking up within the night, specifically around 1-3 or 3-4? Experiencing nightmares? An underlying parasitic infection may be the culprit of this. Parasites are most active during the night and especially around full/new moon. Furthermore, these infections are surprisingly more common than you think – experts say anywhere between 50% and MOST of the population suffer from parasitic infections to varying degrees, and our immune system and environment significantly determine how this affects us.
Next, we will be looking at how detoxification impacts our sleep quality. Stay tuned!
 Smith, R. P., Easson, C., Lyle, S. M., Kapoor, R., Donnelly, C. P., Davidson, E. J., … Tartar, J. L. (2019). Gut microbiome diversity is associated with sleep physiology in humans. Plos One, 14(10), e0222394. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222394