Healthy Bacteria Healthy Sleep


At the same time that sleep problems have become more and more common our gut bacteria have also been changing. The four healthy bacterial species; Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes and Proteobacteria have been shown to appear spontaneously in babies by the time they’re 3 months old. How do they get there? (That baby is not taking probiotics!)  As the baby is born he passes through the birth canal and gets covered with mom’s bacteria. It is not just breast milk that helps build a healthy immune system for the baby. We now know that the right bacteria living on and in us play a very important role in protecting us from the “bad” bacteria. Because the healthy foursome of bacteria needs our vitamin D to thrive, if mom’s vitamin D level was too low during her pregnancy she only has the “wrong” bacteria. That means she only has the “wrong” bacteria to pass on to her baby and he starts his life at a disadvantage in both his digestion and his immune system. Our normal bacteria are able to dissolve certain starches in mom’s breast milk. Without those bacteria the baby is unable to break down and use those starches. That suggests that the normal bacteria help baby’s nutrition even while he’s feeding on mom’s breast milk. The normal bacteria have the same effects for adults. They help our digestion, our immune system, and also…. our sleep.

Probiotics in pill form are just purified poop bacteria.  Despite their widespread use, they have not been successful in bringing back the healthy foursome. You can supply the “right” bacteria every day but if you don’t provide what they need to flourish they will not grow to replace the bad guys. It is not the supply of bacteria that’s the problem, it is the intestinal environment. We should think of the intestinal environment as a petri dish (as pictured above). We have to provide the friendly bacteria what they need in order to flourish. If we provide the right raw materials they will grow to replace the “wrong” bacteria and we’ll have a healthy gut again. When we don’t make enough vitamin D on our skin, we don’t have “extra” to pass on, in the bile, to the intestinal bacteria. Instead we suck up every little bit of it for ourselves. If we have enough vitamin D to share with our bacteria it favors their growth over the “bad” bacteria that don’t need vitamin D. The normal foursome of bacteria also needs other vitamins that you will need to learn about to have a healthy gut and healthy sleep for the rest of your life.

Those of you who are saying to yourself, “This doesn’t apply to me, there’s nothing wrong with my gut”, if your sleep is not right, your gut is not right. Even though you have no belly symptoms now you will still benefit in the long run from understanding why I will ask you to do certain things to help you sleep normally again. So this part is still important for you to learn. Go to the blog:Yes, Your Poop Bacteria Can Affect How Well You Sleepto learn how the gut affects the sleep.


4 thoughts on “Healthy Bacteria Healthy Sleep”

  1. You are one fascinating doctor! I have a question regarding “It is not the supply of bacteria that’s the problem, it is the intestinal environment.”. So are you saying that D3 will make the right environment? What about eating Prebiotics as we have been preached to? What about alcohol? I have been told that alcohol is a disinfectant and kills the microbiome? Thanks so much. I am reading your website and listening to YouTube videos as fast as I can! I am so excited that there might be help for my sleep apnea and disturbed sleep.

  2. Dr. Gominak,
    I am fascinated by the knowledge you share! The connection between the chemicals produced in the stomach and by the salivary glands and D and B vitamins is just incredible and makes me wonder why conventional medical schools don’t teach these things.
    I asked the pediatrician how much vitamin B12 to give my 8 & 12 year old boys and he told me to look it up on the web. Had no idea about the different forms. Unbelievable!
    Do you have recommendations for age appropriate dosage? Not RDA. One boy is too irritable the other too distracted all the time. Just sent the blood tests and waiting for results.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Teddy: I will be coming out with a Workbook specifically for pregnant moms and children, but the current Workbook tells you the appropriate dosing.

    • Hi Teddy: there will be a workbook coming out specifically for pregnant moms and kids but the current Workbook gives you the dosing recommendations for children.


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