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How Do Psilocybin Mushrooms Affect Your Sleep?

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Psilocybin Mushroom Sleep Effects

Psilocybin mushrooms have been studied for decades, yet their effects on sleep remain largely unknown. Some studies suggest that the mushroom’s psychoactive compounds can help reduce anxiety and improve mood, which could lead to a better night’s rest. Others indicated that psilocybin mushrooms could cause disorientation and confusion, disrupting sleep patterns.

Psilocybin has been used in spiritual practices for centuries and is thought to have a calming effect, but there is limited scientific evidence to back up these claims. In fact, research points to the fact that psychedelics can lead to a state of wakefulness, causing insomnia and restlessness.

Today, we look at the impacts of the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, on sleep.

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Psychedelics and Sleep

Neuroscientists have suggested a close connection between sleep and psilocybin, the primary psychoactive chemical in magic mushrooms. When the liver breaks down psilocybin, it turns it into psilocin.

Psilocin then binds to serotonin receptors, which activate serotonin, a chemical that affects your sleep and mood. In many cases, psychedelics can cause vivid and intense dreams, which may make it difficult to get a restful night’s sleep.

Psilocybin has been shown to promote slow-wave activity (SWA) during sleep. SWA is associated with deep sleep and is essential to memory consolidation and emotional regulation.

However, studies also show that psilocybin can prolong REM sleep latency, the amount of time it takes to reach REM sleep, leaving the direct impacts of psilocybin and sleep still up for debate.

1. Can Psilocybin Improve My Sleep?

When taking psychedelics, sleep is typically impacted negatively. However, people have recreationally taken the substance, thinking it will improve their sleep.

There is also debate around the doses of psilocybin and whether or not a microdose can help promote better sleep directly. A microdose is a very small amount of a substance, usually ten times less than the effective dose. Microdosing can be beneficial because it allows you to experience the benefits without the intense psychedelic effects.

Some claim that psilocybin can help improve sleep by reducing symptoms of mental health disorders that often interfere with sleep. However, there is minimal research to support these claims and instead point to the fact that psychedelics typically negatively affect sleep, with psilocybin being no different.

Psilocybin may create a placebo effect, which can be harmful in the long run. 

If you have been using psychedelics to help you sleep better, contact the professionals at Zinnia Health through their helpline at (855) 430-9439.

2. Can Psilocybin Make My Sleep Worse?

Psilocybin is a powerful psychedelic that can have profound effects on your sleep. In general, psychedelics disrupt normal sleep patterns, making it difficult to get a restful night’s sleep.

Psychedelic drugs modify serotonin activity, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating sleep. Serotonin helps your brain move from one sleep stage to the next, so when it’s altered, it can prevent you from entering into REM (Rapid eye movement) sleep, which is the deepest and most restful stage of sleep.

This can negatively impact your memory, learning, and thought processes. People taking antidepressants such as SSRIs have also reported experiences where they feel tired but are unable to sleep.

3. Long-Term Effects of Psilocybin on Sleep

While there is evidence supporting the short-term benefits of psilocybin on sleep, let’s look at the long-term effects.

  • Psilocybin can lead to tolerance: A higher tolerance means taking higher doses to achieve the same effects. This could further impact your sleep and make it harder to get a good night’s rest.
  • Psilocybin can cause changes in your brainwave patterns: One study found that after taking psilocybin, participants had an increase in high-frequency brainwaves, which are associated with wakefulness and alertness.
  • Psilocybin impairs the quality of deep sleep: The effects of psilocybin impair the quality of deep sleep brain waves, suggesting it could make it harder to sleep in the long term.

Understanding the Impact of Psilocybin Mushrooms on Sleep

Psychedelics are substances that have the potential to induce neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to change its structure and function in response to experience. Due to this, some people think psychedelics could help treat mental health disorders, including insomnia.

However, there is currently minimal evidence to support this claim, and most research suggests that psychedelics typically adversely affect sleep.

Psilocybin increases serotonin, leading to a higher heart rate and blood pressure, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Additionally, most hallucinogenic substances will prevent you from falling asleep during the active phase of a psychedelic experience, making psilocybin a dangerous remedy for sleep disorders.

If you have been using psilocybin to help you sleep, you must find help, as there could be long-term problems from substance abuse. Zinnia Health offers addiction treatment, supportive care, counseling, and outpatient services. Call our helpline 24/7 at (855) 430-9439 to get started.

What Is Psilocybin?

Psilocybin is the main active ingredient in psychedelic “magic” mushrooms, also known as “shrooms.” These mushrooms have been used for centuries by indigenous people for their medicinal and spiritual properties.

The compound produces hallucinations and altered states of consciousness. They can affect all the senses by shifting a person’s thinking, creating powerful hallucinations, and altering consciousness.

While magic mushrooms were once associated with recreational and spiritual use, clinical studies are now being performed to see the impacts on various mental health conditions, substance abuse, major depressive disorder, cancer, and even schizophrenia.

Some other psilocybin studies include multiple health issues, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, mood disorders, cluster headaches, and sleep trouble.

There is still a lot to learn about “magic mushrooms” and the long-term impact of psychedelic drugs on the body. Neuroscience clinical trials also investigate how LSD, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), MDMA, mescaline, ayahuasca, and ketamine impact mental health conditions.

Although studies are conducted in a clinical setting, psilocybin is identified as a schedule 1 drug and is illegal in many countries. When used recreationally, there are potential adverse effects and risks, such as psychosis and possibly death.

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is essential for our overall health and well-being and plays a vital role in our physical, mental, and emotional health. Getting enough quality sleep is crucial for our immune system, heart health, mental health, weight control, and stress management.

Not getting enough sleep can lead to various health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and depression. It can also impair our ability to concentrate, focus, and make decisions. Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can help with sleep, but they often come with a long list of side effects.

Magic mushrooms have been abused as a sleep aid. However, research shows that it may actually have the opposite effect.

If you are experimenting with psychedelics to improve your sleep, contact a treatment facility such as Zinnia Health for substance abuse information.

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