If you are a victim of inadequate sleep, then Dietary Prebiotics can help you out, suggested a recently conducted therapeutic experiment.
The advantages of ‘Prebiotics’ – the “good bacteria” to health is well-known to most of us. But do you know it also can work as a magic to those who are suffering from inadequate sleep for a longer time, by improving the quality of sleep? A first-of-its-kind clinical study, carried out by the researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has suggested the lesser-known fact about the “Dietary Prebiotics”.
According to the study, the gut-health promoters, called dietary prebiotics, which is presented in almost all food, serving the role of good bacteria in the gut is also effective to combat sleeplessness and improve sleep. Moreover, the ‘Good Bacteria’ is also useful in lessening the physiological impacts of stress on health, which eventually promote quality sleep.
Prebiotics work as a fertiliser for the good bacteria in the body. It is a type of dietary fibre that exists naturally in all kinds of foods like artichokes, chicory, leeks, raw garlic, and onions. When healthy bacteria digest Prebiotics fibre, they started multiplying, resulting in the improvement of the overall gut health. The Dietary Prebiotics is also capable of releasing metabolic spin-offs, which can encroach on the psychological functionality, said Monika Fleshner, the lead author of the study and a professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology.
For conducting the study, the researchers took some male rats, ageing three weeks and fed them a diet, rich of standard chow or chow that contains prebiotics. After feeding the rats the chows, the researchers kept on monitoring the sleep-wake cycles, body temperature, and gut bacteria of the mice by using brain activity testing or EEG.
After the observational period, the researchers found that the mice, following the Prebiotics-rich diet used up more time in non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep in contrast to the non-consumers. NREM is scientifically defined as restful and restorative sleep format, which is found more at rats on prebiotic diet than those on the non-prebiotic diet. The study also highlights that regular ingestion of probiotics can also promote the faster recovery of normal sleep patterns following stressful events.
According to Robert Thompson, a post-doctoral analyst in the Department of Integrative Physiology and first author of the new study, “We during our first-of-its-kind research found the dietary prebiotics to be more beneficial for improving non-REM sleep and REM sleep after a relentless stressful event.”
The complete details of the study were published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.