Functional Mushrooms for Insomnia: How Do They Work?
Functional mushrooms can be extremely helpful in combatting insomnia. Learn about their adaptogenic qualities and how they can improve your night's sleep.
Updated April 14, 2023.
Unlike standard sleep medication, functional mushrooms can be effective in helping with sleep disorders, as the compounds found in functional mushrooms were shown effective in reducing fatigue and promoting healthy sleep routines.
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The Adaptogenic Qualities of Mushrooms for Better Sleep
The adaptogenic qualities of functional mushrooms are proven to influence the body's response to external stressors by affecting and regulating circadian rhythm, the body’s natural sleep and wake cycle. A healthy circadian rhythm helps with better sleep, which is crucial for regulating hormone levels and maintaining homeostasis.
3 Best Functional Mushrooms for Combatting Insomnia
There are three functional mushrooms that are considered most effective for combatting insomnia.
- Reishi: Recent research on the anti-insomnia mechanism of Reishi mushrooms highlights they are likely to impact deep as well as rapid eye movement sleep stages, both of which are necessary for productive restful sleep.
- Lion’s Mane: According to another recent study, Lion's Mane has proved effective in reducing insomnia and improving healthy sleep after only 8 weeks.
- Cordyceps: Numerous research on cordyceps highlights their ability to potentially induce deep sleep (non-rapid eye movement sleep) and are shown highly effective in regulating circadian rhythms.
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Functional mushrooms are shown to have a beneficial impact on reducing insomnia without causing addiction and problematic side effects of traditional medicine for sleep disorders.
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Dr Lori Beth Bisbey