Given your body’s natural sleep requirements, which is 7-9 hours per day, sleep debt can be easy to accumulate. Each day you don’t meet your sleep requirement, the further you slip into sleep debt. And if you keep slipping, your sleep debt can reach the point where it causes your system to break down and makes you fall ill.
Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, sleep debt is at an all-time high. Recent research into sleeping patterns, also known as the Sleep Quality Index, has shown that the pandemic has contributed to decreased sleep quality and increased negativity in mood. Now, more than ever, people are experiencing consistently higher levels of mental distress, anxiety, and depression.
So how do we treat the root cause of sleeping problems and their negative effects? The answer might be a little surprising.
The Connection Between Your Gut Microbiome and Sleep Quality
At Digbi Health, we’ve uncovered significant connections between the gut microbiome, its composition, and its diversity to sleep’s basic physiology.
Understanding the relationship between the gut microbiome and sleep starts with the Gut-Brain Axis, which serves as a bi-directional channel for the Central Nervous System (CNS) to communicate with the brain.
At the University of Missouri-Columbia, researchers studied the Gut-Brain axis to understand the connection between the gut microbiome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OPA). When they altered their subjects’ gut microbiome, they saw positive sleep regulation changes. They also saw positive changes in the typical comorbidities of OSA, such as diabetes, hypertension, and even some cognitive issues.
In today’s modern society, where we’re exposed to a broad spectrum of stress, both at home and work, good health starts with a good night’s sleep. So whether it is the individual, the family, the workplace, the economy, or the government promoting good health and good sleep must become a top priority.
At Digbi Health, our principal focus is the restoration of mind and body health through research-based efforts to improve gut microbiome diversity and decrease dysbiosis. We offer various avenues for individuals, organizations, and government bodies to help their people do more, do better, and most importantly, be happy. To promote sleep quality by improving the Brain-Gut Microbiome Axis (GBMA) communication, we offer assessments and therapeutic consultation to identify existing or potential dysbiosis. Once identified, or evidence-based therapy allows patients to take measured steps towards a systematic convalescence to good sleep and, thus, good health.