Poor Sleep (probably) exerts a strong negative effect on your gut health/microbiome diversity.
eg all the microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi) in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
We all have these in our GI tract, but not all at the same levels (diversity.)
It’s this “diversity” that could be the key to your better overall health.
Poor gut microbiome diversity is associated with health issues (Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune diseases), as well as psychological health (anxiety and depression.)
Not getting enough proper sleep can lead to:
Short term (stress, psychosocial issues) and …
Long-term (cardiovascular disease, cancer) health problems.
Hence, a better understanding of the “two-way communication” between the person and their gut microbiome could lead to better sleep intervention strategies.
Eventually people may be able to take steps to manipulate their gut microbiome
in order to help them get a good night’s sleep, and improve their health,
by adjusting their current exercise & dietary habits (both known to influence gut diversity).