Can’t sleep? Tossing and turning? Waking up feeling like you never slept?
Then I’ve got something you just have to see. New research nails down what just may be the easiest way yet to finally get some much-needed shuteye.
No more bleary-eyed mornings…
No more brewing up a second pot of coffee because one wasn’t enough…
And no more frustrating nights spent punching your pillow and praying for sleep.
All it takes is one little tweak to your meals to include MORE of some foods you already know and love. Because it turns out your belly bugs love them too.
And when you feed your gut flora what they crave, you could be in for some of the best sleep of your life.
How FIBER can enhance your sleep
You know all about the importance of fiber for your digestion. Missing out can lead to some painful moments in the bathroom.
But fiber does so much more than that. Many high-fiber foods, especially vegetables like onions, garlic, asparagus, and artichokes, and some fruits such as bananas, are also prebiotics.
Basically, they’re FOOD for the probiotic bugs in your gut. And as a Healthier Talk reader, you probably already know your gut flora impacts your body in so many ways – and that includes sleep.
Click here to learn five surprising things probiotics can do for you BEYOND improving digestion.
In a new animal study, lab rats given extra prebiotic fiber ended up getting more and better quality sleep. They spent more time in non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep, which is critical for restoration and rejuvenation. Plus, they increased their rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep that’s essential for stress recovery as well.
Normally I’d urge caution over a single study on rats. Except we also have some human studies and they show the same thing.
For example, one study found that increased prebiotic fiber can cut the time needed to fall asleep nearly in half. What’s more, that study found that fiber increases the QUALITY of sleep, especially the all-important slow-wave sleep crucial to ensuring good memory.
Ditch the dangerous drugs for prebiotic foods
Let’s face it, eating more healthy fiber is a FAR better approach to tackling sleep troubles than popping Big Pharma’s sleep meds. Those heavy-duty drugs essentially “work” by screwing with the signals in your brain.
Cut off this signal… reroute that one… and sure, it might knock you out.
Then again, it might not. You see, these drugs aren’t NEARLY as good at doing the ONE thing they’re designed to do as most people believe. One Consumer Reports analysis found that sleep meds only add 20-30 minutes of shuteye a night. Other research has found they deliver as little as 11 MINUTES on average of extra (poor) quality sleep.
And in exchange for that very small benefit, these drugs pack a frightening list of risks, including falls, memory problems, cancer, and morning grogginess. One bombshell study even found sleep meds can increase your odds of early death by nearly five times.
Prebiotics come with ZERO risks but with dozens of benefits, including better digestion and healthier probiotic bacteria, which can positively affect your health from head to toe. Some studies show they can even EXTEND your life.
For example, a 2016 analysis found seniors who eat more fiber have an 80 percent increase in the likelihood of living longer and staying healthier. And in 2019, scientists found that increasing fiber can cut your risk of death and chronic disease by up to 30 percent, including slashing your risk of:
- stroke by 22 percent
- type 2 diabetes by 16 percent
- colorectal cancer by 16 percent
- death from heart disease by 30 percent
Just be sure to get your extra fiber from healthy sources, like the fruits and vegetables I mentioned earlier, and less from grains. And you can also find prebiotic supplements anywhere nutritional products are sold.
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