• Martha Lewis

What causes a sleepless night? It could be your gut!

Updated: Mar 21, 2020

In case you aren't familiar with the term, leaky gut means that the wall of your digestive system is damaged and so you have what's called "intestinal permeability." That means that undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria leak through the gut wall and enter the bloodstream.

What the heck does this have to do with my sleep, I hear you asking? Well, having leaky gut means that your body is in a constant state of inflammation. Your anti-inflammatory comes to the rescue during the day and at night. When cortisol is released at night, it's going to suppress melatonin and wake you up when you want to be sleeping.

You get leaky gut from stress, toxins like antibiotics and pesticides, eating foods you're sensitive to and gut infections from parasites or candida.

Some signs of leaky gut include:

  • digestive issues

  • food sensitivities or allergies

  • brain fog

  • depression or anxiety

  • skin issues

  • seasonal allergies

  • hormonal imbalances

  • autoimmunity

  • sleep disturbances

If you have some of these symptoms, you most likely have leaky gut. The best way to find out for sure is to get tested. The lab tests will also help you figure out why you have leaky gut and then the best way to heal it so you can get the sleep you need.

I offer the test for leaky gut as part of my Boss Sleep Solution program. The good news is that if we find out that you have leaky gut, it's fixable! And when you start healing it, you're going to be sleeping so much better.

Think you might have leaky gut and it's affecting your sleep? Let's chat! Book a Sleep Breakthrough call with me here.

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Martha Lewis, MS, APSC

Jackson Hole, WY



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