I only blog when I feel inspired, and I feel SOOOO inspired about this.
Sleep is a big issue. Or rather lack of sleep is the BIG issue.
Is a good night’s sleep a rare thing for you? Do you find it difficult to get to sleep? Do you wake in the middle of the night and then find it hard to get back to sleep?
If insomnia is something you are living with, read on.
Without enough sleep we can’t function properly, it can effect our mood, health and sense of wellbeing. It is a regular subject of concern for my clients.
If you saw Dr Michael Mosley’s programme “The Truth About Sleep”, then you will know why I am so excited. Describing himself as a “chronic insomniac”, he, along with 3 other people, trialed 4 different approaches for a week, all of which have had scientific papers written on them. Each of the 4 participants trialed a different approach. All 4 people were long-term insomniacs desperate for a good night’s sleep. One woman said she hadn’t really slept for 20 years. At the end of the trial week, they were asked to score any change they had experienced out of 10.
It turned out that all four participants felt there was some improvement, but to varying degrees:
- The woman who trialed having a hot bath followed by allowing her body to cool about an hour before going to bed rated this approach as an improvement of 4 out of 10.
- The woman who hadn’t really slept for 20 years trialed mindfulness and gave it a 6/7 out of 10.
- A shift worker scored eating 2 kiwi fruit an hour before bed 7 out of 10 and said he was going to continue with this regime.
- But the one that most excited me was Michael Mosley. He took prebiotics in a drink an hour before bed. He scored a whopping 9 out of 10 improvement. And, interestingly, when he stopped taking them, within 3 or 4 days he returned to his previous sleep routine.
Since chatting about this with a client of mine who has had long-term sleep problems, she has started taking 2 teaspoons of prebiotics in a drink an hour before going to bed. And … she has been sleeping really well. Even if she wakes, she is able to get back to sleep. Result!
So, what are prebiotics (not to be confused with probiotics)? A quick Google search says prebiotics are:
a non-digestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines.
Michael Mosley describes them as being a bit like fertilizer for the good bacteria in the gut. They are basically food for your good gut bacteria, which break down the fibre/prebiotics to produce short chain fatty acids, which scientists think might be the things effecting your sleep.
So, there you are.
If you decide to try prebiotics to help your insomnia (or any of the other suggestions mentioned above), please will you let me know how you get on? I’d love to hear of your experience so that I can build up a greater understanding as to how successful taking prebiotics is more generally. So far, based on Dr Mosley’s experience and that of my client, it looks promising.
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