At Cosmix, we love to sleep and believe in the power of rest.
But what does it take to get better sleep - both in quality and quantity?
It is now known that the answer to this question may lie within our gut. Our gut - the gastrointestinal tract - is a smart and sensitive organ that is often considered a second brain. You must be aware of exactly how hard it is to go to sleep when something is troubling your mind. In the same way, different aspects that affect your gut can also impact your sleep.
But if you were to include ingredients to your diet that promote better gut health, and help address common sleep issues, what would happen?
The power of the gut
The gut is home to a large number of bacteria, both good and bad. For your body to function at its prime, this gut microbiome has to be well-balanced. While one-third of the gut is the same for all, the remaining two-thirds of it is individual-specific. What this means is that several different factors - genetics, environment, diet, habits - can all affect your gut health. These aspects are what often cause a lack of balance in this system as well.
When this system is unbalanced, it doesn’t just affect one part of your health. Some studies show how the health of the gut microbiome can go far beyond the realms of digestion, metabolism, and immunity. It can directly impact the body’s sleep and mental state, through the gut-brain axis.
Researchers have found out that the gut microbiome can affect the sleep-wake cycle, circadian rhythm, and the overall balance of hormones in the body. So if you want to get better sleep, it is definitely important to address the health of your gut.
If you’re someone who has been struggling with getting quality sleep, our ‘My Happy Gut’ mix is a great place to start. Filled with ingredients that promote the balance of gut microbes, this can also ensure the most is made out of your diet and other supplements.
Tune into all the serotonin
When we talk about how the gut is home to a number of microbes, we should also talk about the chemicals that it produces. About 95% of serotonin is produced in the gut, and this chemical is responsible for regulating your mood, promoting feelings of happiness and calmness.
But most importantly, this chemical helps in regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Following a diet that includes more probiotic ingredients that balance gut microbiomes can in turn impact the production of serotonin. This can help you boost your mood, have better quality sleep, and to regularize your sleep routine.
If you’ve been struggling to fall asleep, or live with the negative side effects of poor quality sleep, you could try adding the ‘Sleep Like a Baby’ mix to your diet. This mix features adaptogens that can help in relaxing the mind, promote a feeling of relaxation, and in the long-term, can help you regularize your natural sleep cycle.
Serotonin is one of the most important chemicals in the body and affects almost every part of it. So it may come as no surprise when we talk about the connection between the gut - the largest producer of serotonin - and your sleep. They essentially have a dependent relationship - lack of sleep can affect the gut negatively, while a disruption in the gut microbiome can affect your sleep too.
Ensuring better gut health, and attaining better quality sleep, therefore, are two things that need to go hand-in-hand.References: