Learn How to Use Reishi for Sleep to Become a More Relaxed, Less Anxious You

Who doesn’t want more sleep?! It’s the secret to a happier and healthier version of yourself that doesn’t cost any money and your body does naturally. In this blog, we’ll explore how you can use reishi for sleep.

Sleep Your Worries Away

Sleep is a crucial bodily process that keeps us healthy. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep, depending on their health, physical and mental requirements, and constitution. It’s true that we spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, and that sleep is what keeps us healthy during the rest of our time! While we sleep, many important processes take place including detoxification, bone and blood production, and healthy cognitive processing. Studies show that insufficient sleep negatively affects our memory, concentration and cognition — our brains and bodies need a healthy sleep cycle in order to function well.

Reishi isn’t the only mushroom to support a restful sleep! Check out how lion’s mane can also help us wind down for a better night’s sleep!

Before the invention of electricity, people lived by the Sun, sleeping and waking with natural light. Of course there were also fire and candles, but the range of circadian rhythm was overall much closer to that of the natural world. Our circadian rhythm is our body’s internal clock that responds to light, including artificial light. It is important for sleep, hormone regulation, eating habits, cell regeneration, and brain wave activity. While this can vary from person to person, it is important to keep it as steady and natural as possible.

Reishi supports healthy endocrine functions in the body, which regulate hormones like melatonin and cortisol. At night, melatonin (a hormone that regulates sleep) is triggered by the darkness and encourages sleep. If we have been using artificial lights, this can prohibit the secretion of melatonin. Reishi is known as a nervine, which can calm and tone the nervous system, promoting more relaxation and better sleep. Reishi for sleep can help us move towards a more natural cycle!

All About Reishi Mushroom

Ganoderma lucidum is a red, bitter mushroom that typically grows in humid, coastal parts of China on decaying stumps of chestnut, oak, and other broad-leafed trees. Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” Reishi has traditionally been thought of as being able to lengthen lifespan, prevent old age, and support a youthful memory.

Scientific studies show that the bitter taste comes from its triterpenoids constituents, which are aromatic substances that support an anti-inflammatory response. In traditional Chinese medicine, Reishi is considered a Shen tonic. Shen is a person’s mind/consciousness and emotional balance. Disturbances of the Shen can cause anxiety, insomnia, moodiness, confusion, and irritability. Reishi is used to support a variety of ailments, including asthma and insomnia. Modern herbalists also recommend taking Reishi for sleep support to those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

The HPA Axis / Stress Response

The hypo-thalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a complex system of chemical communications between the organs and glands; the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands. It directly affects and regulates endocrine function, significant aspects of the nervous system, the immune system, cardiovascular function, digestion, and our physiological response to chronic stress. 

Cortisol is released by the adrenals. It is the body’s built in alarm system. Cortisol is best known for fueling the body’s ‘fight or flight’ instincts in an extreme situation, but cortisol is also important for its roles with metabolism, inflammation, blood sugar levels, and the waking and sleeping cycle. 

When the body is on high alert, more cortisol is released from the adrenals with the focus on survival. That means that secondary functions like digestion, reproduction and immunity get put on hold while blood rushes to the eyes, limbs, and brain – heightening the senses, enhancing coordination and improving the chances of survival in a crisis. 

The body naturally balances cortisol once the danger has subsided, and bodily functions go back to normal. But what if you’re under constant stress, and the alarm button stays on?

Chronic stress takes a toll on the body and mind, and can lead to other health problems including anxiety, depression, heart disease, and trouble sleeping. Taking steps to relax the mind and body to cope with stressful triggers can greatly improve the body’s stress response.

Get More Relaxation and Sleep with Reishi Mushroom

As an adaptogen, Reishi can support the stress response by reregulating and reducing excessive cortisol and adrenaline levels. Adaptogens support the health functioning of the HPA axis by regulating the production of hormones like cortisol which can reduce stress. A relaxed and less stressed body allows for better sleep and a healthier sleep cycle.

The triterpenes in Reishi are thought to be responsible for creating a calming effect on the parasympathetic nervous system helpful for sleep. Traditionally, when Reishi is taken for sleep, it has been used to alleviate bad dreams, anxiety and irritability. This mushroom can be sedative short-term, but long-term builds energy and promotes longevity. Reishi is an adaptogen that can support the body’s natural sleep cycle and regulation of cortisol. 

Using Reishi for sleep is a staff favorite here at Mushroom Revival! Our simple Reishi tincture is potent with a delicious bitter chocolatey flavor. You can try Reishi for yourself and see the effects on your state of relaxation and sleep.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sources:

Healing Mushrooms by Georges M. Halpern

Adaptogens – Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston, RH

WebMD.com

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