If you’re looking for ways to improve energy, sleep is the No. 1 place to start. Affecting just about every system in the body, sleep restores both our physical and mental wellness playing a vital role in getting high-quality rest. Healthy sleep cycles allow your body to restore itself physically: tissues are repaired, immune function is strengthened, and toxic accumulations are washed out of the brain.
Enter mushrooms. Shown to improve our immune systems and reduce inflammation (which helps calm nerves), medicinal mushrooms have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and are the entire reason for Wunderground’s existence! We are stoked about how mushrooms can enhance our lives and empower well-being.
To improve sleep, it is important to use a consistent, calming wind-down routine.
Keeping a routine helps condition your body into knowing when it’s time to relax and restore. Try to maintain the same bedtime and keep a schedule, keeping your body in sync with the natural rhythm of the day. It also helps to avoid screens at night — we perceive blue light from devices as sunlight, tricking the body into thinking it’s day time.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that naturally spikes in the morning, and lowers throughout the day, but a constant state of anxiety can lead to elevated cortisol levels that can be worsened by impaired sleep and contribute to sleep difficulties, causing a vicious cycle. Breath has been shown to aid in relaxation and quell anxiety, so consider taking a few deep breaths each evening before bed.
We love to incorporate our delicious Dream Supply as a nightly ritual. Reishi and Lion’s mane mushrooms are blended with soothing chamomile and meyer lemon, offering a gentle end-of-day elixir to anyone craving some sleep support.
Want to learn more about how Lion’s Mane supports brain function? Read more on the Wunderground blog here.