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If You Don’t Get Enough Sleep, Your Gut Will Suffer A Lot, Here’s Why

If You Don’t Get Enough Sleep, Your Gut Will Suffer A Lot, Here’s Why

Sleep is a key factor to a healthy lifestyle. Many of us have a tough time falling asleep and have no idea why. Sometimes an uncomfortable gut is what’s making us not be able to fall asleep, but did you know that lack of sleep can cause indigestion? It also causes our mind and body to shut down. When this happens, we start feeling sluggish and irritable. Coffee can’t save us when we reach that point!

Let’s focus on one thing in particular that lack of sleep does to our bodies: it causes indigestion. How can we stop this from happening? Read on to find out ways you can tell if you suffer with this and how to fix it.

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Identifying the problem

There are many reasons why we can’t fall asleep at night. Whether we’re thinking of what we could have done differently throughout the day, dealing with stress and anxiety, or suffering with heartburn. There’s always a reason behind this problem (and more times than not we can’t figure out why this happens). Studies show that if you suffer with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) you’re more prone to staying up all night than someone without it.

When you suffer with IBS, you crave more foods and feel fatigued often. In order for you to feel better, you intake more food than needed which causes you to stay up later at night. Your stomach needs to digest food before you fall asleep and it can be very hard to do this when you eat a lot during the day (and before bed).

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Fixing the problem

Now that you know what’s going on inside of your body, you can take the necessary steps needed to fix the problems. We’ve compiled a list for you to follow in hopes that it benefits you (as much as it did for us)!

Balance your blood sugar

People who suffer with nocturnal hypoglycemia are more prone to be woken up during the night for a snack. How can you prevent this from happening (especially when it’s a medical condition)? Try eating small meals every few hours while avoiding sugary foods and drinks. If you’d like a little more information on how to control your hypoglycemia to get a better night’s sleep, check out this free ebook. It’s filled with recipes that will keep your body (and gut) happy and healthy day and night.

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Drop the midnight-snack

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    We get it. Everyone craves chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. However, these sugar foods will keep your mind going throughout the entire night. Not only will they keep you up at night, but they’ll be almost impossible to digest. It usually takes about 6 hours to digest foods (and large meals). If you’re going to eat anything, stick to a handful of almonds. Your gut will thank you for the snack (and will be able to digest the almonds in a quicker amount of time).

    Prop your pillow upright

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      A lot of people that suffer from IBS deal with reflux. You definitely don’t want to fall asleep on your stomach if you deal with IBS and reflux. When you prop your pillow upright, the chances of you suffering from reflux drop astronomically. Sleeping on your side (with your pillows propped upright) is another great way to sleep (if you can’t fall asleep on your back). If you do this, you should alternate from side to side each night.

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      Have a cup of tea and take time to unwind

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        Chamomile tea acts as a mild sedative for sleep, and many people find that it helps reduce their stress! It can also help with nausea and indigestion (which is what we’re talking about in this entire article)! If you take time do drink your tea while journaling (or doing a form of yoga) you will fall asleep much faster.

        What methods will you try to fall asleep faster? What have you done in the past that has helped you? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to share this with friends and family to see what they say!

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        Last Updated on December 9, 2019

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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