Hello everyone! Yesterday, we discussed how to choose a lifestyle that supports your health goals. Today, we’re going to talk about the role sleep plays on our recovery and some tips on how you can improve your sleep.
Gut health and sleep
Adults need an average of 7-9 hours of sleep per day and impaired sleep can weaken the immune system. Our immune system is already compromised when we have SIBO and lack of sleep can make it worse. It can also lead to weight gain, increased perception of pain, depression and impaired memory.
Your body needs sleep to allow sufficient time for healing. If you are not getting enough sleep, how can you expect your body to return to health? Sleep plays a vital role in our digestion and sleep deprivation can make SIBO worse.
Tips on improving your sleep
- Give your digestive system a break overnight and aim not to eat anything after dinner or at least 2 hours before bed.
- Read a book instead of watching television before sleeping.
- Avoid screens that emit blue light at least 2 hours before bed or turn them to the “night shift” mode.
- Keep your devices in another room so they don’t disrupt your sleep.
- Avoid alcohol and sugar before bed as this can stimulate your system and disturb your sleep.
- Keep your room slightly cool. Overheating can cause restlessness.
To know more about the importance and the stages of sleep, and more tips on how to improve your sleeping pattern, download the handy guide I have prepared for you below: