Illnesses from A to Z

Sleep disorders

Everyone needs relaxing sleep – not only to be fit during the day, but also to stay healthy over the long term.While consciousness takes a break, the body and mind are particularly active in their very own way.For instance, the digestive organs work at full blast, the skin and other sensory organs regenerate, the brain processes information.Problems falling and staying asleep are a huge strain both physically and mentally, and should definitely be treated.

It is completely normal to occasionally not sleep well, for instance in an unfamiliar place, after an exciting day, or following a heavy meal. It only becomes a problem if you constantly wake up in the night, lie awake for a long time or take much longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep after going to bed. In that case, the causes and ways to improve sleep should be found.

Sometimes even small measures have a big effect – such as altering the room temperature (17 to 18 degrees is ideal) or avoiding electronic devices in the bedroom. Beware of pharmaceutical sleeping pills: they cannot bring about the recuperating effect of healthy sleep.Among other things, often unnoticed sleep apnoea, i.e. breathing interruptions during sleep, can be diagnosed in a sleep lab.Treatment is important as shortness of breath can have dangerous long-term consequences. A fear of spending another night awake is often itself the reason for poor sleep – a vicious circle that needs to be broken. A psychological consultation can then be helpful. Medicinal mushrooms also be particularly helpful in these cases.

Medicinal mushrooms for sleep disorders

Hericium has been shown to possess balancing properties, alleviates restlessness and counteracts high levels of internal tension, which impair the ability to fall and stay asleep.

Reishi can have a harmonising effect both on a physical and mental level.Its regulating influence on blood pressure should not be underestimated, and can make a major contribution to improving sleep.

Our suggestions about the usage of medicinal mushrooms is no substitute for treatment from a doctor or alternative practitioner. Medications currently being taken or ongoing treatments should not be stopped without first consulting your doctor or alternative practitioner.