Now that more research is being put into Celiac Disease, it is truly amazing just how many problems are now considered to be a symptom of Celiac. It seems I read about new ones all the time, or I see previously speculated information actually be confirmed.
While doing some symptom research, I recently noticed that Best Sleep Apnea Treatments has written a post referencing sleep apnea and other sleep disorders as symptoms of Celiac Disease and a gluten intolerance.
They site gluten is a key component for sleeping comfortably and people that are intolerant to gluten in turn develop sleeping problems:
Sleep doctors are able to detect and treat both common and rare sleep disorders. Some common sleep disorders are insomnia, jet lag, sleepwalking, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. And, it could be that you have intolerance to gluten.
Gluten is a type of protein compound in certain cereal grains – primarily wheat, barley, and rye – the basis of breads, baked goods, and pasta. These are foods that are helpful in getting good sleep. But the inability to sufficiently digest gluten protein can lead to all sorts of symptoms, including skin rashes, irritability, aggression, moodiness, ‘brain fog,’ cognitive problems, cramping, bowel problems, pain, and sleep disturbances. This is why it is so important to see a doctor if you are experiencing sleep disturbances as often the sleeping problems are really caused by a medical problem.
When intestinal cells are damaged for any reason, they cannot properly absorb nutrients, which results in malabsorption. Without healthy intestinalcells, you can become malnourished, no matter how much food you eat. Many people do not realize that a second key function of intestinal cells is to produce several key digestive enzymes. In particular, these cells produce specific protein and carbohydrate degrading enzymes needed for the thorough digestion of gluten (and other similar proteins such as casein).
Sleep disorders is a pretty big group of symptoms to attribute to Celiac Disease, so this is definitely something people should be aware of and looking for in my opinion.
On a similar note, I also noticed our friend Zach wrote about Restless Leg Syndrome (another sleep disorder) and how it is also considered to be a symptom of Celiac Disease.