Health facts: Could probiotic drinks be the key to snore-free sleep?
OBSTRUCTIVE sleep apnoea (OSA), a snoring-related condition that keeps millions from getting a good night's sleep, appears to alter the composition of the gut microbiome – the trillions of ‘friendly' bacteria that inhabit the gut, keeping ‘bad' bacteria at bay.
In experiments reported in the journal Experimental Neurology, healthy mice given transplants of gut bugs from mice with an OSA-like condition fell asleep when they would normally be awake.
Along with snoring, daytime sleepiness is one of the main symptoms of OSA, in which narrowing of the airway while asleep interrupts breathing – suggesting the transplant ‘gave' the mice OSA.
Probiotic drinks containing ‘good' bacteria may prove to be a treatment in the future, suggest researchers at the University of Missouri.
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