New research shows that a healthy gut may be key to a good’s night sleep, reports Fox News.

Circadian rhythms: The gut-brain connection

The circadian rhythm is the internal biological clock in the brain that determines whether you’re a night owl, an early riser or somewhere in between. Consistent sleep schedules and even meal times keep circadian rhythms on track.

“If your brain knows when to go to sleep, it goes to sleep much more quickly and you get into a deeper form of sleep,” said Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., a clinical sleep specialist in Los Angeles and author of “The Power of When.”

A growing area of research is looking at how gut health affects sleep and vice versa. In fact, a study in the journal PLOS One observed that mice fed a high-fat, high-sugar diet and who also had circadian rhythms disruptions were found to have altered gut flora.

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