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How is gluten intolerance linked to sleep?

You wouldn’t think being sensitive to gluten would have any effect on sleep, but there is in fact a strong connection. A team of researchers found that people with this condition -- even those following a gluten-free diet -- commonly suffer from sleep disorders that are related to depression, anxiety, and fatigue. It is, to put it mildly, a vicious cycle:
  • When you’re tired and down, you’re not likely to sleep well, which can then play into digestive issues. Add to that a sensitivity to an ingredient as ubiquitous as gluten and there’s bound to be trouble.
  • The reverse holds true as well: when your eating life is challenged by celiac, you run a higher risk of having physical ailments that hinder restful sleep.

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