Sleep deficiency can occur if you have one or more of the following:
- You don't get enough sleep or too much sleep (Everyone is different but an adult should aim for no more or no less than 7 - 9 hours a night)
- You sleep at the wrong time of day (Shift workers, jet lag, staying up too late / sleeping in)
- You don't sleep well or get all of the different types of sleep that your body needs
- You have a sleep disorder that prevents you from getting enough sleep or causes poor quality sleep
So how is sleep linked to gut health?
How to improve your sleep quality:
Sleep often is the first thing that busy people squeeze out of their schedules. Making time to sleep will help you protect your health and well-being now and in the future.
To improve your sleep habits, it also may help to:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Try to keep the same sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends.
- Use the hour before bed for quiet time. Avoid excessive exercise and bright artificial light, from a TV or phone. The light may signal the brain that it's time to be awake.
- Avoid heavy and/or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine. The effects of caffeine can last as long as 8 hours. So, a cup of coffee, even in the late afternoon, can make it hard for you to fall asleep at night.
- Spend time outside every day (when possible) and be physically active.
- Take probiotics. Research proves that probiotics have a positive effect on mood and sleep quality. (2) Probiotics form an essential part of our Gut Repair Kit.