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Your Gut Health or Microbiome – Could be Affecting Your Moods & Sleep

Your Gut Health or Microbiome – Could be Affecting Your Moods & Sleep

dentist MelbourneImproving your gut health with prebiotics, eating a broad and inclusive diet of real foods (not processed), increasing fibre intake and eating fermented foods could improve your sleep and mood. Sleep deprivation increases your risk of obesity.

Lack of sleep results in a decrease in leptin, the hormone that makes us feel full and a rise in ghrelin, which stops us feeling satisfied with the food that we do eat. This can result in eating more that you need.

“We know that people who live with depression and people who sleep poorly both have abnormal microbes in the gut, which would suggest there is a very real connection here between all three” says Dr Tim Spector, Professor of Epidemiology at King’s College London.

This article from “The Guardian explains…
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/mar/19/is-your-gut-keeping-you-awake-at-night

World Sleep Day

World Sleep Day

World sleep day focuses on maintaining the body’s natural circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are the 24-hour rhythms that control many aspects of our behaviour, physiology and metabolism. Maintaining stable circadian rhythms is vital to good health. If we continually disrupt our rhythms, we increase the risk of sleep disorders, mental health disorders and chronic health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and even some cancers.

The best way to manage your body clock is by keeping a regular schedule. We should try to sleep and wake at the same time each day. Exposure to a regular light-dark cycle – bright days and dark nights – is vital in helping to maintain a regular cycle. Try and get as much daylight exposure in the daytime but then sleep in as dark a room as possible, or use an eye mask, to create a large day-night contrast.

World sleep daySound sleep is one of the three pillars of good health along with a balanced diet and regular exercise. World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep. It aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorder.