Your gut is linked to your brain in surprising ways, and you may be losing sleep over it, reports Psychology Today.

Research into the gut-brain axis reveals that, amazingly, microbes in your gut can affect your mood – and along with that, your sleep patterns.

Sleep disorders and depression are common among people with gut problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. This association goes both ways: your gut can affect – or be affected by – your mood and sleep patterns.

Research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy, which is aimed at the mind, can ease symptoms of IBS – including sleeplessness.

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