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April 12, 2021 3 min read
The adaptability and relaxing benefits of the antioxidant-rich reishi mushroom have been known about for hundreds of years, most commonly used in traditional Eastern medicine to help support and maintain a healthy functioning immune system as well as a good night’s sleep. The mushrooms grow in humid areas of Asia on both living and dead trees, and although highly potent to consume the mushroom itself (typically tough and woody in taste and texture), Reishi Mushroom Powder, tinctures and supplements have become increasingly popular in the Western world.
Sleep is an essential part of our body’s natural cycle. It’s how we are programmed to reset and reboot our mind and body. It helps us process important information, and without it, our mood and overall functioning can suffer. Yet so many of us have trouble getting to sleep, and many are looking for a more organic approach to relaxation before their head hits the pillow. If you’re searching for a remedy to help soothe your mind and body before heading to bed, this article will discuss some of the key reishi mushroom sleep benefits.
As you probably know by now, it is recommended for adults to get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Some need a little more, some need a little less for proper cognitive and behavioral functioning.* Here are some facts about sleep:
While reishi mushroom is not a sedative, when consumed in small amounts over time, reishi may help to support the body’s sleep cycles.* Like a select group of superfood mushrooms, reishi is an adaptogen, meaning that it has the potential to help your body adapt to stress.* Stress is related to trouble sleeping, as your body is more tense when you are feeling stressed or anxious. Reishi can help you to wind down.*
We recommend using reishi as part of an overall nighttime routine. A hot bath or shower, some light yoga stretches, low lighting before you go to sleep and a good book to avoid blue light are all good places to start your wind down ritual. Add a cup of reishi mushroom tea into the routine, and you’re setting yourself up for a more zen evening. Try turning off your phone, or leaving it in the other room for a few nights and see if you notice a difference. It’s also recommended to avoid caffeine, alcohol, large meals and sugar if you’re trying to get your sleep rhythm in place.
At Rritual, reishi products also contain 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.* Another benefit of consuming reishi andashwagandha together, is both are known to help tame an “overactive” mind and frazzled nerves to help you chill out and relax, or help you gently ease into a good night’s rest.* In Reishi Relax, cinnamon and cacao add a delicious spice and chocolate flavor to round out your experience.
In ancient Chinese and Japanese traditions and rituals, reishi is used as a herbalist remedy to help relax the body before sleep. This sleep promoting factor is related to the calming effect reishi has on the muscles and function of the nervous system.* Some studies show that reishi mushroom sleep benefits are related to a reduction in stress, and a shortening of the length of time it takes to transition from being fully awake into sleep, which is related to sleep quality.
If you’re continuously having trouble sleeping, or feeling tired all the time, you might want to check out some alternative causes and solutions.
The easiest and most enjoyable way to absorb all the reishi mushroom sleep benefits is to make a warm reishi beverage, tea or latte to sip in the hours before bedtime. It is unsurprising to note that the best time of day to take reishi mushroom is often described as an hour or two before sleep. We recommend you enjoy a relaxing Reishi Elixir Stick or one scoop of reishi mushroom powder, in your favorite mug, with 6 oz of hot water, non-dairy, or dairy milk. Our favorite is to mix with warm oat or coconut milk for a nourishing and soothing nightly rritual to help prepare your body and mind for bed.
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