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How Gut Health Impacts Sleep


Getting quality sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our overall health and well-being. We know that things like getting outside first thing in the morning, going to sleep and waking at the same time each day, and putting away our devices one or two hours before bed can help ensure quality sleep. But did you know that the health of your gut microbiome also plays an important role in sleep quality?

In this minisode, Dr. Hyman speaks with Shawn Stevenson about how the microbiome can affect sleep, and he also speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Boham about the Functional Medicine approach to optimizing gut health.

Shawn Stevenson is the author of the international bestselling book Sleep Smarter and creator of The Model Health Show – featured as the #1 Health podcast on iTunes with millions of listener downloads each year. A graduate of The University of Missouri – St. Louis, Shawn studied business, biology, and kinesiology, and went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company, Forbes, Men’s Health magazine, The Dr. Oz Show, ESPN, CNN, and many other major media outlets. To learn more about Shawn visit

Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices functional medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.

Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Shawn Stevenson, “Hack Your Sleep” here:

Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Boham, “What Is Leaky Gut And How Can You Treat It? ” here:


This episode is brought to you by and Perfect Keto. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

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