Guest Post by Karen Brimeyer, Holistic Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner
Are you surprised to learn that there are 84 classifications of sleep disorders? I sure am. In fact, there are over 42 million people suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. But you might be even more surprised to find that the majority of those people are also unknowingly suffering from Leaky Gut. If you want to learn how to improve sleep, read on.
You may think that your lack of sleep is no big deal but believe me, it is.
It is most important to sleep from 10 pm to 6 am in the morning and best without interruption. From 10 pm to 2 am your body is programmed naturally to complete physical repair of all the damage occurred throughout the day from exercise to the natural turning over of cells. From 2 am to 6 am your body is programmed to naturally complete psychological repair to keep you thinking straight.
So it is easy to see why and how many people who stay up late at night still get the psychological repair and can still maintain mental sharpness but their bodies are literally falling apart physically which can easily promote Leaky Gut.
Improve Sleep to Help Heal Leaky Gut
Consider this… Your intestinal lining is programmed to completely rebuild itself through the natural turning of cells every 3 to 5 days. So if you’re staying up late at night, not only are you not allowing your intestinal lining to heal, but you are literally contributing to the Leaky Gut process. If the intestinal lining can’t repair properly, it begins to wear down which results in or worsens Leaky Gut.
9 Natural Ways to Improve Sleep
By far, the biggest factor to improve sleep is proper diet and digestive health. I’ll dive more into this in another article, but if you are eating a poor diet and/or you have Leaky Gut, then I guarantee you that you are also suffering from blood sugar imbalances and the inability to properly produce neurotransmitters required for proper sleep.
1. Eat a proper diet and heal your Leaky Gut.
2. Get a minimum of 30 minutes of sunlight per day to stimulate the pineal gland for melatonin production.
3. Avoid alcohol which interferes with REM sleep.
4. Avoid caffeine altogether or at a minimum after 3pm.
5. Use a Lavender Essential Oil when you sleep; on your pillow, in your hair, or burn it prior to sleep.
6. Avoid watching TV before bed because it acts as a stimulus.
7. De-stress before bed by taking a warm bath, reading a book, or meditating.
8. Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing Before Bed to help ease your racing mind and balance the brain hemispheres.
9. Dim the lights in your house once the sun goes down to help trigger the proper hormonal response that signals to the body that it is time to sleep.
Karen Brimeyer is a Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Health Consultant who has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their Leaky Gut and digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic health conditions.
Learn more about how to heal Leaky Gut and resolve your chronic health symptoms and conditions in her Free Leaky Gut Presentation.
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