LEARN HOW TO USE REISHI FOR SLEEP THAT’S HEALTHY*
Who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep? Sleep is such an important part of our body’s natural cycle, and it’s how we are naturally programmed to rest and revive our mind and body. In this blog, we’ll explore how you can use Reishi for sleep support.*
SLEEP AND MOOD*
Sleep is a crucial bodily process. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of it each and every night, depending on their health, physical and mental requirements, and constitution. We spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, and it is what helps us stay healthy during the rest of our day! Many important processes take place during this time, including detoxification, bone and blood production, as well as healthy cognitive processing. Studies show that adequate, healthy sleep will support healthy memory, concentration, and cognition. Our brains and bodies need a healthy sleep cycle in order to function normally.
Before the invention of electricity, people lived by the sun, sleeping and waking with natural light. Our circadian rhythm is our body’s internal clock that responds to light, both natural and artificial. Other than the soft light of fire and candles, humans’ circadian rhythm was overall much closer to that of the natural world before disruption of modern blue light. It is important to keep our circadian rhythm as steady and natural as possible as it impacts sleep, hormone regulation, eating habits, cell regeneration, and brain wave activity. At night, melatonin (a hormone that regulates sleep) is triggered by the darkness and encourages sleep. Using artificial lights can prohibit the secretion of melatonin.
Reishi for sleep can help us support us as we move toward a more natural cycle!* Reishi mushroom supports healthy endocrine functions in the body, which regulate hormones like melatonin and cortisol.* Reishi is known as a nervine, a type of herb that calms and tones the nervous system, promoting relaxation and healthy sleep.*
All About Reishi Mushroom
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a reddish brown 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 used to support healthy aging — and a healthy memory.*
Reishi has a distinctively bitter taste. Scientific studies show that the bitterness comes from its triterpenoid constituents, which are aromatic and active.*
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Reishi is considered a Shen tonic. (Shen refers to one’s consciousness and emotional balance.) According to TCM, when the Shen is in balance, so are mood, sleep, and cognition. Modern herbalists recommend taking Reishi for sleep support.*
SUPPORT RELAXATION AND SLEEP WITH REISHI MUSHROOM*
As an adaptogen, Reishi can support the stress response by promoting the normal cortisol and adrenaline levels.* Adaptogens support the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands (collectively known as the HPA axis) by supporting the production of hormones like cortisol. Reishi promotes a healthy stress response and a healthy sleep cycle.*
The triterpenes in Reishi are thought to support the parasympathetic nervous system (your “rest and digest” response).* This mushroom is sometimes considered to be a sedative herb when taken short term; over time, it is considered to be a tonic herb.*
Reishi is a staff favorite here at Mushroom Revival! Our simple Reishi tincture is potent with a delicious bitter chocolatey flavor.
*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.
Healing Mushrooms by Georges M. Halpern
Adaptogens – Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston, RH