I’m always looking for new natural supplements to help me deal with stress and have a better night’s sleep. I recently came across Four Sigmatic (formerly Four Sigma) a company founded by Finnish guys with a love for adaptogenic herbs, and superfood mushrooms. Their products are all-natural, and have no fillers, so I decided to give some of them a try.
Their Mind Herbs Calm Concentration is an instant drink mix, and there are 10 individual packets per box. The mix features four adaptogens, herbs linked to decreased sensitivity to stress. Read on to find out how if this drink helped me deal with stress and fall asleep — and stay asleep — easier.
An all-natural adaptogen in the form of an instant beverage powder, designed to improve memory and learning; induce a calming effect and support relaxed concentration; and reduce stress.
Following the instructions on the manufacturer’s site and packaging, I mixed one packet of Mind Herbs with a full glass of cold water. The taste itself was very soothing to me, earthy and slightly bitter, with none of the usual sweeteners these kind of products seem to use. The first time I took it was in the morning of what I knew would be a stressful day. I was able to stay focused, without feeling overwhelmed or unduly stressed. I took another packet that night, and it did help me shut off my brain before heading to bed, but I woke up several times during the night, and I had trouble falling back asleep.
After a few more tests, my opinion is this: This is not a sleep aid, per se, but if a restless mind is one of the reasons you have difficulty falling asleep, this can be very helpful. I did pair it with a true sleep supplement, Lumonol Luna, and I fell asleep fast and was able to stay asleep through the night. I will also be taking this with me on my next travel day, to test it against my usual travel anxiety. I will report back with the results; currently one of my favorite supplements to travel with is New Mood by Onnit, which I use to help combat my travel anxiety.
For me, Four Sigmatic’s Mind Herbs was a solid supplement to help with stressful situations. The fact that you can take it any time of day is an indication that it promotes relaxation without inducing sleep or drowsiness. I really liked the taste, along with the way that it made me feel on what would otherwise be high-anxiety days. I did have to pair it with a true sleep supplement in order to get the night’s rest I wanted. I’m excited to try this on my next trip.