Let’s start by saying that reishi is not a sedative. It won’t make you drowsy and it won’t make you go to sleep on command.
What research seems to be indicating is that consuming reishi in ongoing, small doses does support the body’s natural sleep cycle.
We drink a small glass of reishi about an hour before bedtime and we noticed a real difference, sleeping deeper and waking up more refreshed. Of course, not drinking alcohol also helps us sleep better so the two may very well be related.
Other natural sleep aids and adaptogens
Reishi is not the only natural sleep aid. Here are a number of other natural sleep aids and adaptogens you can use to help promote deep, quality sleep.
- Passion Flower. Passion flower is well known to improve sleep, especially when combined with valerian root. Passion flower may also help reduce anxiety and promote a calming, relaxed state.
- Valerian Root. The root of the valerian plant has been used in traditional medicine for at least 2,000 years. Valerian is used to treat insomnia, anxiety, muscle and join pain. It is an herb native to Asia and Europe, the name “valerian” is derived from the Latin verb valere, which means “to be strong”.
- Ashwaganda. Helps the adrenal system regulate hormones so the body can better cope with stress. Induces sleep and a feeling of calm.
- Magnesiun. This is a key sleep nutrient that many people are deficient in. It can easily be taken as a supplement.
- Schisandra. Schisandra is used as an adaptogen for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance. It can be used to help induce a state of relaxation and reduce anxiety. Russian studies have shown that Schisandra also extends sleep time, helps people to fall asleep faster and supports a deeper sleep. In Chinese medicine, Schisandra is used to reduce night sweats and even restless leg syndrome.
- Eleuthero or Siberean Ginseng. This is a great supplement to take if you’re suffering from high stress levels.
More things you can do to sleep better
- Don’t look at screens after 9:00pm if at all possible. The light emitted from phones or other personal screens messes with our sleep cycles.
- Keep your bedroom as a sanctuary for sleeping only – get rid of the TV and other distractions.
- Don’t keep your phone by your bedside table. .