Adaptagens - Can they help with sleep?

So now that you have a better idea of what Adaptagens actually are... I thought I'd lay out which ones can actually help with sleep. With the trying times we are experiencing right now, I know that sleep is one thing that many people are struggling with.

1. Ashwagandha

This incredible root has been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for centuries. Studies have found that it can help reduce cortisol secretion from the adrenal glands — making it a powerful plant when it comes to calming your response to stress. It’s overall calming and safe to take in the evening, too. It’s found to be anti-inflammatory and considered an aphrodisiac.

2. Cacao

Cacao does contain some caffeine and can be stimulating, so is not great for taking in higher doses right before bedtime. However, it is also high in magnesium, which indeed is a calming nutrient that so many of us don’t get enough of at all. Having some dark chocolate or adding raw cacao to your smoothie earlier in the day may help improve your sleep in the long run. The bonus is that it of course tastes delicious, is loaded with protective antioxidants, and can act on our neurotransmitters to help increase our mood.

3. Holy basil

This is another beloved plant (also referred to as tulsi) in the Ayurvedic traditions whose list of benefits goes on and on. In relation to sleep, it’s helpful to know that holy basil is overall calming (some call tulsi tea liquid yoga) and fosters a sense of wellbeing and relaxation. It’s perfect to use when you want to unwind from a long day of hard work.

4. Reishi

Reishi mushroom is a calming adaptogen that can help improve sleep overall. This happens to be one of the most studied plants out there and the list of benefits goes on an on. It’s a great go-to for anyone looking to chill out after a long day, and can be a great aid for insomniacs who have chronic challenges with sleep.

5. Turmeric

This anti-inflammatory super root is wonderful for cooling any inflammation in the body. 

Sweet dreams, you lovely people.

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