Most people relate sleep problems to a lack of melatonin but believe it or not it may also be a gut problem! How can your digestive system affect your sleep? Let’s talk……

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid meaning it must be obtained through diet. What is an amino acid? Amino Acids are the building blocks of the body. We need them to build a solid foundation for our health. They are created from the proteins that we eat BUT if we don’t have the proper digestive enzymes to break those proteins down then we won’t be able to create those amino acids AND/OR if there is inflammation in our gut which will prevent the absorption of those amino acids. We require tryptophan to produce niacin (vitamin B3) and for tryptophan to do its job Vitamin B6 (pyridoxin) and Vitamin C are must be present Tryptophan also helps alleviate stress, helps reduce appetite, control weight and abnormal levels may contribute to migraine headaches. If there is a deficiency it can result in Depression, Insomnia, and Chronic Fatigue. Tryptophan is vital for creating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, melatonin and Vitamin B6.

What are neurotransmitters? Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that transmit signals from one nerve cell to another. Some neurotransmitters are created from amino acids (tryptophan) which are available from the diet such as Serotonin (neurotransmitter). These neurotransmitters play a major role in shaping our life and our bodies functions and one of those functions is sleep.

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter important to sleep and it also stabilizes emotional moods, pain control and inflammation. Tryptophan is converts into 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) which is then converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Ok, so let’s summarize this simply; if you have digestive problems (which you may or not be aware of) your enzymes may not be breaking down the proteins that create the amino acid tryptophan which is converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin which you need for sleep.

With that said, this could be just one underlying factor that is preventing you from a good night’s sleep. What is causing your digestive issues and what are some other insomnia possibilities? Schedule your Zyto scan and let’s see what your body tells us and what your body needs and wants to get balanced!



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