A recent study conducted by researchers from Kings College London suggests that small differences in sleeping habits between work and rest days could have unhealthy consequences for the bacteria in our guts. The study, which involved nearly 1,000 adults, found that even a 90-minute difference in the midpoint of one's night's sleep over a typical week could influence the types of bacteria present in the human gut.
The researchers also identified a phenomenon called "social jetlag," which occurs when individuals have significantly different bedtimes and wake times during the week compared to the weekend. More than 40% of the UK population is thought to experience social jetlag, with higher prevalence among teenagers and young adults, which decreases with age.
Participants with social jetlag were found to have slightly poorer diets, consuming more potatoes, sugary drinks, and fewer fruits and nuts compared to those without social jetlag. Previous research has shown that social jetlag is associated with weight gain, illness, and mental fatigue, and it was also found to be linked to reduced fiber intake.
The study's findings underscore the importance of maintaining consistent sleep patterns and eating a balanced diet to reduce the risk of disease. Having a diverse range of bacteria in the gut is essential for overall health, and social jetlag was associated with microbiota species that are linked to poor diet quality, obesity, inflammation, and higher stroke risk.
Dr. Sarah Berry from King's College London emphasised the significance of regular sleep patterns in positively impacting gut health. While the relationship between sleep, diet, and gut bacteria is complex and requires further investigation, the study's advice encourages individuals to strive for consistency in their sleep and eating habits throughout the week to promote better health through their gut microbiome.
Sleep is undoubtedly the ultimate performance enhancer, and a healthy sleep routine is the key to unlocking your full potential. Getting enough restorative sleep not only improves your gut health but also mood, memory and cognitive function. Here are some additional tips to optimise your sleep routine:
Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can promote better sleep, but avoid intense workouts close to bedtime.
Watch your caffeine intake: Limit caffeine and other stimulants, especially in the afternoon and evening, as they can interfere with sleep.
Manage stress: Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing to reduce stress and promote better sleep.
Avoid heavy meals and alcohol before bedtime: Large meals and alcohol can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to less restful sleep.
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