Is your gut keeping you awake at night?

While we wait for the definitive science, clinical psychologist Michael Breus suggests taking probiotics and prebiotics to feed the good bacteria in our guts.
While we wait for the definitive science, clinical psychologist Michael Breus suggests taking probiotics and prebiotics to feed the good bacteria in our guts.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

Many scientists suspect there is a strong link between gut health and sleep health

When we lie awake at night, unable to sleep, we usually blame stress, depression, anxiety, adrenaline or the memory of something stupid we said in 2003.

But what if our guts were actually the culprit? What if the trillions of microbes sitting in our small intestines - known collectively as the microbiome or microbiota - were actually affecting our mood, digestion, overall health and ability to get a full eight hours' shut-eye?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2018, with the headline 'Is your gut keeping you awake at night?'. Print Edition | Subscribe