Essential combo : sleep and digestion...
Advice for Healthy Living
The Unlikely But Essential Combo: Sleep and Digestion
Sleep disturbances set up vicious cycles of pain, fatigue, and emotional distress that make sleep even more unlikely. Things don't improve much during waking hours either for people who do not sleep well. Inadequate sleep increases sensitivity to bowel, skin, and muscle stimuli, thus leading to more pain and distress. Many people report that when they don't get sufficient sleep, their digestion suffers as a result.
The brain and gut are much alike. Both have natural 90-minute cycles. The slow wave sleep of the brain is interrupted by periods of rapid eye movement, or REM sleep, in which dreams occur. Poor sleep (and thus abnormal REM sleep-) has been reported by many if not most patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and non-ulcer dyspepsia (sour stomach).
Doctors often treat abnormal REM sleep with mild antidepressants, which may also be effective in treating IBS and non-ulcer dyspepsia. However, some stronger antidepressants make digestive problems worse. Once again this points to a link between sleeping problems and stomach problems. Do the two influence each other? Most likely.
Dr. Rubin Jordan's Tip of the Day
From the author of The Maker's Diet
The Best Time for Bed
Sleep may very well be the single most important ingredient for digestive health. And it is important to get enough sleep at the right time. Some researchers believe that every minute you sleep before midnight is the equivalent of four minutes of sleep after midnight. Go to bed early tonight — restful sleep will do wonders for your digestion and overall health.
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