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Microba Life Sciences, Unilever look at associations between gut microbiome and sleep

16 March 2021 | News

CDC declares insufficient sleep as public health problem

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The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared insufficient sleep a 'public health problem', with more than one-third of American adults not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.

Experts in gut microbiome analysis, Australia and US based Microba Life Sciences, is empowering global consumer goods company Unilever to take a novel approach to this problem by exploring the links between sleep and the human gut with the aim to improve sleep for people across the globe. 

The study will look at associations between the gut microbiome and sleep, with current data indicating that gut bacteria are involved in sleep quality, the regulation of circadian rhythms, and the production of natural substances that aid in the promotion of sleep. 

As a part of Unilever's Future Food ambition, Unilever wants to play a role in helping people transition towards healthier diets and has committed to doubling the number of products delivering positive nutrition globally, by 2025. 

The aim of the project is to utilize Microba's database which cross-references diet, lifestyle and sleeps habits to discover associations that could help improve sleep.

Microba is building the world's largest consistently collected and analyzed dataset of de-identified gut microbiome metagenomic data which is providing unparalleled insight into the role of the microbiome in human disease.

This database will be leveraged to discover associations between the gut microbiome, nutrition and sleep.

Unilever are interested to see whether the results can be applicable across their food and refreshments portfolio in the future.

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