Poor sleep is related to diversity of the intestinal microbiome, according to a new study

In case you haven’t already noticed it, sleeping well is connected to a better level of health and if you still don’t believe us, also consult a new study published on PLoS ONE, according to which poor sleep affects or is in any case also connected to the intestinal microbiome, the set of all bacteria and microorganisms present in the various tracts of the intestine.

Just the intestinal microbiome, over the last few years, is taking on an increasingly important role as far as the overall health of the entire body is concerned and there is a great deal of research that underlines how much it can affect health, even that of the brain. In this new study, researchers at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) concluded that poor sleep adversely affects the diversity of microorganisms in the intestine, and quite strongly.

The very diversity and distribution of microorganisms in the various parts of the intestine can be considered as the key to various pathologies and conditions. Researchers carried out experiments on various subjects evaluating their sleep quality using specific wrist devices. Then relating the quality of sleep of these subjects with their intestinal microbiomes, they concluded that those who slept better also had a more varied and therefore better microbiome.

The lack of microbiome diversity has been associated by various studies with various health problems, such as autoimmune diseases or Parkinson’s disease, as well as psychological health conditions such as depression or anxiety. In general, even if it is not a law, the more the microbiome is diversified, the better the general health is.

This is a pioneering study in some ways and in any case there is still much to learn about the relationship between intestinal microbiome and sleep quality, as specified by Robert Smith, researcher at the NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography and one of the authors of the study, however, one can already think of ways to manipulate the intestinal microbiome to obtain beneficial effects on sleep.

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