The Surprising Link Between Gut and Sleep Health - Dr. Michael Ruscio, DNM, DC

The Surprising Link Between Gut and Sleep Health

Improve your gut microbiome through diet and vitamins for better sleep with Dr. Stasha Gominak 

Earlier this year, Dr. Stasha Gominak–neurologist and creator of RightSleep®–was on Dr. Ruscio Radio, sharing her research findings that showed a connection between vitamin intake, gut health, and sleep. Now, she’s back on the podcast to elaborate more on the surprising link between gut health and sleep health. That’s right: your gut microbiome plays a bigger role in a good night’s sleep (or two) than you may think. Listen in to learn how you can optimize your gut health and get back to sleeping well. 

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➕ Dr. Ruscio’s Notes

Dr. Stasha Gominak’s Current Approach to Sleep Health

1) Look at current sleep habits and lifestyle factors. 

2) Perform an oral airway evaluation. 

3) Make the gut microbiome better and stronger to improve vitamin and mineral absorption. 

  • Prebiotics can help feed gut bacteria.  

4) Add in the right mix of vitamins. 

  • Pantothenic acid (B5)
  • Vitamin D
  • Multivitamin 

5) See if any micronutrient deficiencies are present. 

  • Copper, zinc, manganese, and iron

What Else Can Help Improve Sleep? 

  • Breathing exercises 
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Removing any mold exposure 
  • Balancing neurotransmitters, particularly Acetylcholine 

 

Other Modern Approaches to Consider

  • Sleep dentistry 
  • Oral airway anatomy 
  • Oral myofunctional therapy 

 

Good “Bugs”, Better Sleep

  • The healthy “bugs,” or healthy gut bacteria, help us: 
    • Learn
    • Focus
    • Sleep normally

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