Studies have shown how important sleep and gut health are to overall well-being. There is a growing appreciation in research for the relationship between sleep or sleep deprivation and the gut microbiome, as well as insomnia and depression.
In fact, work has shown that, for individuals with depression, resetting their circadian rhythm through sleep deprivation may address their depression. This is interesting since we now know that the gut is also responsible for much of our emotional life.
Researchers discovered that sleep deprivation has a major impact on the composition of the gut microbiome. The lack of sleep might cause a bacterial imbalance in the gut, which may result in digestive disorders and other health issues. Now the research related to sleep and physical or emotional well-being has also entered the world of work where shift workers have been seen as more vulnerable to certain ailments because of their circadian disruption, but it might also be something in their gut.
The gut microbiome can affect sleep quality, and abnormalities in gut health may cause sleep disturbances. It has been noted that “…the gut microbiota (GM), a vast and extraordinarily complex ecosystem located in human gastrointestinal tract that oversees an array of critical bodily functions, has become a popular focus among researchers.” And one of the areas of interest is this sleep relationship.
The gut-brain axis, a network of communication between the gut and the brain, is crucial for controlling sleep. The relationships between the gut microbiota and the brain shed light on how the gut might affect sleep-wake cycles. And disorders including irritable bowel syndrome suffer from diminished sleep quality, which may be a two-way street between cause and effect.
Research highlights the impact of circadian rhythm disruption on gut health. Circadian disruption alters the microbiota in the gut and speeds up the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disorders, according to studies. In fact, it might be the microbiome that stabilizes circadian rhythm.
The connection between sleep and intestinal health is intricate and intertwined. Both sleep deprivation and gut health abnormalities can affect the composition of the gut microbiota. The circadian rhythm and the gut-brain axis both play significant roles in moderating this reciprocal link. For general health and well-being, it’s essential to take care of both gut health and sleep quality.