Mind - Body Connection: Gut health and Sleep hygiene 

 

The human body is highly sophisticated and complex. It is both resilient and vulnerable. Stress is metabolised in the body and can lead to chronic health conditions. Research in gut health, neuroscience and epigenetics (the study of the interaction between our genes and environment) proves that gut health has a direct impact on mood, mental health, disease and sleep. 

Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being and happiness. This hormone impacts the entire body. It enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating and digestion. Ninety percent (90%) of serotonin, which helps produce melatonin (the sleep hormone) is located in the gut.

The gut produces 400x times more melatonin than the brain. which immediately alerts us to the importance of gut health. Stress has a huge impact on our sleep. So making sure our gut is healthy and able to produce the melatonin required is a key way of supporting ourselves when we are under a lot of stress.

“Sleep Hygiene” describes behavioural and environmental factors that precede sleep. Practicing simple guidelines can assist in achieving more restful and restorative sleep, which in turn promotes daytime alertness and helps treat or avoid sleep disorders and consequent mental and physical health conditions.

This training is not medical advice but aims to open the door to understanding how to support physical, emotional and mental wellbeing through learning the language of your genes, brain and gut.