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Good sleep – does it come from your gut?

Having a diverse microbiome may be the key to a good night’s sleep according to new research from America.

The study found that total microbiome diversity was positively correlated with increased sleep efficiency and total sleep time

A total of 26 males took part in the study. All participants were required to wear an Actiwatch for 30 days to measure the average bed time, get up time, time in bed (hrs), total sleep time (hrs), onset latency (mins), sleep efficiency, wake after sleep onset (WASO, mins), and number of awakenings.

Previous studies in humans have shown that partial sleep deprivation can alter the gut microbiome composition in as little as 48 hours. However, the mechanisms through which the gut microbiome can affect sleep remain unresolved.