Can Mushroom Coffee Help You Sleep?

Mushroom coffee is growing in popularity. Outlets like Fast Company have been covering it for some time now. While I am starting to learn more about the benefits of certain mushrooms (adaptogens) I found a linked article about what happened to a reporter when they drank mushroom coffee for a month and was intrigued. The author reported switching to Mushroom Coffee after trying to get off regular caffeine.

Mushroom coffee is just regular ground coffee with powders from medicinal mushrooms (it doesn’t taste like mushrooms at all, and the prep is the same as regular coffee).  You can get it virtually anywhere but the author bought a brand at Whole Foods that contained a blend of certified organic and fair-trade 100% Arabica coffee with endurance-boosting cordyceps, calming chaga, and lion’s mane mushroom extracts.”

Here was what they reported: “With mushroom coffee, I feel energized and alert without feeling anxious, restless, or experiencing an accelerated heart rate. I feel grounded, too, and even find myself sleeping quite well, even on days when I have a cup of coffee at 3 or 4 p.m., which usually would have sabotaged my 10 p.m. bedtime and delayed my ability to fall asleep until well after midnight. I also don’t seem to have any digestive discomfort, another side effect I experienced while I was a regular coffee drinker. Even though the medical community needs more clinical trials to come to a research-backed conclusion, I’ve come to a verdict.”

This could be something we can all think about using in the future. The basic science on mushrooms states medicinal mushrooms are:

  • Anti-inflamatory
  • Anti-viral
  • Gut friendly
  • Contain high levels of anti-oxidants
  • Can reduce the effects of stress by supporting our adrenal health

An 8 ounce cup will still contain about 50mg of caffeine ( which is about ½ what we see in normal coffee.