To say these are stressful days is a radical understatement. We’re all under near constant stress. Many people are finding it difficult to manage their worry, fear, and anxiety—and finding it especially tough to get a good night’s sleep. I’m communicating with my patients remotely these days, and I’m hearing from so many of them about waking at 3 a.m. with a mind full of worried thoughts, or being too stressed out to fall asleep at all.
Amid all this unprecedented stress, some new research on prebiotics caught my eye. I’m always interested in the link between sleep health and gut health. Especially right now, in light of the stress we’re all facing, this new research seems particularly worth talking about.
Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder conducted a fascinating study that shows how prebiotics can lower stress and help sleep, through feeding beneficial bacteria that lives in the gut microbiome. This study isn’t the first evidence of the value of prebiotics to sleep, but it is an important new piece of research that supports the connection between