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October 26, 2021 4 min read

We all know that sleep is a critical component of good overall health. But for some, getting to sleep can be an exercise in frustration. Busy, stressful days that end just as you fall into bed don’t lay the groundwork for the deep, restful sleep that will keep you fueled and healthy. But fear not! Just a few simple tweaks to your bedtime routine could contribute to a sense of calm that helps prepare the body and mind for a restful night’s sleep. 

Ways to relax before bed

Let’s use children as our inspiration. Most children have a bedtime routine that is consistent night after night – and we think parents would agree that routine is integral to helping kids relax their minds and bodies to prepare themselves for sleep.

A bedtime routine is just as effective for adults. About 60 minutes before bed, start winding down. There are a number of ways to relax your mind before sleep. While we love all of these suggestions, you may wish to build one or two into your routine at a time.
  • Turn off all screens (yes, that does include your phone!) Blue light can negatively affect your circadian rhythms so it’s best to limit screen time within an hour of bed.
  • Journal. If you have a lot on your mind, writing it down can be an effective technique to help you manage your anxiety ahead of your head hitting the pillow.
  • Dim the lights, use soothing scents (like lavender or peppermint) or relaxing music to help your mind and body unwind.
  • Keep your bedroom dark, cool and quiet. Ideally, there are no harsh lights in your room (yes, that still includes your phone!), and that your room is only used for bedroom-related activities, rather than as a workstation.
  •  Hit the shower. A warm bath or shower ahead of bed could help regulate your body temperature so that it cools after you get out. This mimics the sleep-wake cycle and could help you fall asleep more easily.
  • Drink a warm, soothing beverage. A glass of milk might be the traditional approach, but we know better! Reishi mushroom powder can be added to your warm dairy or non-dairy beverage (or to a cup of herbal tea!) before bed to provide calming benefits to the body and mind.‡

Reishi mushroom and sleep

Traditionally used in East Asian cultures, Reishi mushrooms have long been known to help the body adapt to stress to keep both the body and mind centered and grounded.‡ Reishi Relax Elixir, enhanced with Ashwagandha Root, an adaptogenic herb long revered to help bring balance to vital bodily functions that are commonly disrupted by stress, including difficulty falling or staying asleep, may help to tame an overactive mind to help you ease gently into a good night’s rest.

Does Reishi help you sleep?

Here’s some good news: Reishi mushrooms arenotsedatives, which means consuming them before bed will not leave you feeling drugged or groggy through the evening or the next day. That said, when consumed over time, Reishi mushroom powder may help support the body’s sleep cycles. How great is that?! As part of a consistent bedtime routine, Reishi may have a calming effect on the muscles and function of the nervous system, so if you’re looking for how to relax your mind before sleep, Reishi mushrooms could be just the ticket! Read on for more information on the sleep benefits associated with Reishi.

Benefits of Reishi

Aside from helping to relax your mind for sleep, Reishi mushrooms are also believed to help support and maintain the body’s immune system. They are known to contain polysaccharides and peptidoglycans, which could help support your body’s natural immune function and response to inflammation. Additionally a soothing cup of Rritual’s Reishi Relax Elixir can help to:

  •      Soothe the mind and body to promote a quality night’s sleep
  •      Maintain healthy digestion and good gut bacteria
  •      Maintain the body’s overall well-being
  •      Support the body’s stress response

Learn more about all of the health benefits associated with Reishi mushrooms.

Best way to take reishi mushroom powder

While Reishi mushrooms can be a fantastic addition to your routine, they don’t actually taste very good. Reishi mushroom powder, on the other hand, is pre-packaged and easily dissolvable into A liquid which allows for simple (and tasty!) consumption. Reishi mushrooms and mushroom mycelium are dried and ground to ensure you still get all of the benefits of the whole mushrooms in every sip.

Can you take Reishi every day?

Everybody is different and so is the way your body will respond to Reishi. Consistency is key to reap all of the benefits of Reishi mushrooms, so while you will want to work your way up to including Reishi in your daily routine, we advise you to start a bit more slowly to see how you react.

Start by adding Reishi powder to your diet every other day for a two-week period. Depending on your body’s sensitivity, this may be enough for you. If, after the two weeks is up you still feel you could be seeing an intensified result, begin adding it daily.

We recommend speaking to your doctor before beginning any new addition to your diet to ensure there are no concerns with existing medications or conditions. To learn more about how much Reishi is right for you.

How long does it take for Reishi mushroom to work?

Long story short: try taking Reishi mushroom powder every second day for two weeks and assess how you feel. Your body’s sensitivity, mass, and overall health will contribute to how intensely you feel the results. Once the two weeks have elapsed, you can try including it into your daily routine to help calm the body, ease a restless mind and relax before sleep.



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