By EM Nutrición

Could your gut be to blame for your sleepless nights?

You have trouble concentrating, you can't stop yawning, and all you want to do is go back to bed, even though it doesn't do you any favors most nights. Sounds familiar?

Sleep hygiene is very important for a good night's sleep, but for a large portion of chronic insomniacs, sleep hygiene is rarely enough.

A condition could be causing sleepless nights, one that is not yet well known or understood, called endotoxemia. It is a low-grade intestinal inflammation that affects all systems throughout the body and manifests itself in a large number of symptoms, one of which is insomnia.

Your gut bacteria affect your circadian rhythms and all of your biological functions. At night, your cortisol levels need to be at their lowest for a good night's sleep, but inflammation leads to high cortisol levels.

This changes your melatonin, serotonin, and hypothalamic function (an area of your brain that releases hormones and regulates body temperature). Anything that increases cortisol at night will prevent you from getting a good night's sleep because it throws off your entire internal clock.

If your sleep hygiene is good, i.e. you're restricting screen time before bed, dimming the lights, sticking to a nightly routine, etc., but still can't get a satisfying night's rest, then it's worth it. consider where else this cortisol could. Insomnia is associated with diabetes, obesity, cancer, skin diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, depression, anxiety, mood swings, and dementia. The common denominator? Inflammation.

Yeast overgrowth, viral infections, parasites, all of these cause inflammation due to compromised intestinal barrier function. This inflammation damages our cells, including the cells in our hypothalamus (the site of your biological clock). The increase in inflammatory cytokines leads to a decrease in tryptophan (the precursor to serotonin, which is the precursor to melatonin). Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that is even used in cancer therapies; not only does it help us sleep, but it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps eliminate free radicals. You don't want to mess with these levels. If you have chronic insomnia and there are no other obvious illnesses, external stressors, or glucose deficiencies, we can confidently say your answer is there. As long as there is intestinal inflammation, you will have difficulty sleeping well at night.

One of the best ways to take care of your overall health, including sleep, is to nourish your gut – create a strong foundation by supplementing with a probiotic to ensure you maintain a balance of good bacteria in your gut to protect against potential inflammation.

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