Sleep disorders

Vital mushrooms for a restful night's sleep

Restful sleep is the basis for good health. On average, about 7 hours per night and a maximum of 30 minutes as a nap or power napping are considered optimal. In today’s world, however, many people complain of massive problems falling asleep or staying asleep. The causes can be manifold.

It can take up to half an hour to fall asleep. For those who have problems, even small things can be effective in promoting a good night’s sleep. It is helpful, for example, to turn on only dim lighting in the evening and to avoid exciting movies or digital media. A good basis is also plenty of rest before bedtime, avoiding coffee or alcohol in the evening, eating early and light or no dinner at all, and maximum darkness and silence at night.

Our sleep is not consistently deep. Regular awakenings are completely normal. Most of the time, we don’t remember it. It becomes critical when worries and problems are rolled around when waking up at night and it is no longer possible to fall asleep for a long time. At the latest then it is important to do something for a good night’s sleep.

Stress and psychological strain are a major cause of sleep disorders in today’s world. Chronic stress can upset our hormonal balance and metabolism, and in the long term can promote depression and diabetes. Conversely, depression can also be an important trigger for sleep disorders. So are some medications. The seemingly paradoxical thing about it: some sleeping pills lead to massive sleep disorders and ever greater dependence after prolonged use!

Other medications that may be involved in sleep disorders include antihypertensives, painkillers, statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs), some antidepressants, and psychotropic drugs, respectively. It is therefore important to address the causes of the various diseases at an early stage so that, if possible, medication does not have to be resorted to in the first place. This also applies to sleep disorders. Naturopathy and a change in diet offer many effective approaches here.

generally strengthening. Those who have enough energy can better let go of worries and fears at night. Also the vitamin B and especially the vitamin D level should be observed. A deficiency of this important vitamin promotes depressive moods. Numerous people around the world have vitamin D levels that are too low because they spend most of the day indoors.

Extremely exciting is the fact that sleep disorders and depression may be related to our gut health and our good gut bacteria. Digestion and intestinal health can be very well supported with bitters, herbs, lactic acid and mushrooms. Bitter substances such as artichoke or turmeric promote bile flow, liver detoxification and digestion. Disturbed digestion or an excessively high pH value in the colon place a massive burden on the liver. Patients with a possible liver burden often have the most severe sleep disturbances during the liver time at night from 1 -3 o’clock.

An increasing and also widespread sleep disruptor – for the sufferer and often also for family or neighbors – is snoring. Mostly, the affected person does not notice it directly himself. He is only tired and less efficient during the day. Causes can be enlarged pharyngeal tonsils or malposition of the jaw. So is the increasing obesity worldwide, which can lead to fatty deposits in the upper respiratory tract.

Evening alcohol and increasing age can additionally cause the muscles in the throat to slacken. Breathing is correspondingly difficult and noisy. The cause of obesity can be addressed with a natural diet and mushrooms such as Maitake, Coprinus or Reishi, as well as fiber and micronutrients.

What else can you do? A healthy diet, an early dinner, fresh air during the day and especially at night, regular exercise and an active lifestyle have a positive effect on night sleep and increase the need for sleep. Because if we don’t get enough exercise during the day, for example because we sit in the office, in the car and then in front of the TV, we go to bed more restless.

To alleviate sleep disorders, medicinal or vital mushrooms such as Hericium and Reishi can make a valuable contribution.

Hericium, also called hedgehog spiny beard, has a calming and balancing effect and can help reduce anxiety. Together with Reishi, the “mushroom of immortality”, it can contribute to increased stress resistance. Reishi is also considered a “liver mushroom.” It supports the liver in its detoxification function.

In the plant kingdom, herbs such as lavender, lemon balm, valerian or the sleeping berry “Ashwagandha” can be found. This herb is one of the most powerful medicinal plants in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is used as a sleep and tonic. In addition, Ashwagandha – similar to the mushroom Reishi – supports stable blood sugar and switching to nighttime fat burning. This helps to avoid hypoglycemia at night, cravings and thus the trip to the refrigerator.

Mushrooms such as cordyceps and reishi, but also the plant ashwagandha are so-called adaptogens. Adaptogens strengthen the organism and support healthy regulation – including sleep.

Which mushroom is the right one is best found out with the help of an experienced therapist. There is also a lot to consider when choosing the right manufacturer. We therefore recommend buying mushrooms from controlled organic cultivation. For an individual recommendation, please use our free telephone consultation: +49 40 334686-300. .

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