It's been a few years since I took a really serious look at Kratom research...
It would be a real understatement to say that I was disappointed to find that after the FDA tried to ban Kratom in 2016 there has been no effort made to fund meaningful Kratom science. Namely, a double, blind placebo controlled human study.
One of the few pieces of scientific literature published on Kratom in 2017 concluded:
"Our data analysis has not determined if biochemical benefits of kratom may prove to outweigh its toxicity and risks. On the contrary, it seems that its potential side effects outweigh the benefits, and severe and real health hazards can, insidiously, lead to death. Kratom clinical, psychological, and medical manifestations can be disturbing."
From the abstract of another 2017 paper:
"...kratom has been reported to be abused together with other illicit substances with high risk of potential addiction. There are also anecdotes of an adverse effect and toxicity of kratom, i.e. tremor, fatigue, seizure, and death. Different countries have distinctive regulation and policy on the plantation and use of this plant when most of the countries banned the use of it because of its addiction problems and side effects."
Eleutherococcus senticosus, is another historical Nootropic known for "invigorating qi and strengthening the spleen, tonifying kidney to relieve mental strain" in traditional Chinese medicine.
It's a classic adaptogen, that modulates our hormones and many subtleties of how our biology responds to internal and external stressors. Commonly just referred to as Eleuthero.
One thing I really like about this Ginseng is that it dissolves in about 10 minutes in scalding water to make a nice Ginseng tea.
I've used some other Ginseng tablets that don't seem to dissolve so well.
Like other Adaptogens I've used the subject effects are more noticeable when I consume them as a tea.
If you follow my recommendations and pick up a bunch of different adaptogens what you could easily do is combine like four or five of them - it will be delicious and will make you feel like a Greek god consuming ambrosia on Elysium.
This is going to be little bit different than all these pieces of content about sleep hacking - the supplements, the sleep masks, the orange sunglasses, the apps - in this article I'll address a really common sleep issue that people report - which is that they can't get to sleep because they have all these thoughts running their head.
I've had an lively mind and an over active imagination for as long as I can remember; which has led me to lead a life of adventure and novelty seeking. The unfortunate downside to this is that also for almost as long I can remember I was on the insomnia spectrum; getting to sleep has always been challenge. There is always just so much to think about!
As a teenager I remember wondering what should I be thinking about to go sleep?
This was before the age when you could find a really helpful answer to that sort of question by just Googling it.
I would read these different self help type books which would say that...
Before falling asleep you should think about what you're going to do the next day or write down a challenge you're dealing with.
This really did not help my sleep as I would then spend hours tossing and turning worrying about what I was going to do the next day to overcome whatever I was dealing with.
I had also heard that you may want to repeat a mantra like
Relax... Relax... Relax...
That you want to try to "self talk" hypnotize yourself to sleep
You're going to sleep Jonathan... You're getting sleepy... You're going to sleep Jonathan...
These really did not work for me. I felt really silly repeating mantras or trying to talk myself into falling asleep and then I would get frustrated with myself.
This +700 word, $16 book is kind of like a summarization of the +200 interviews that Tim Ferriss has done on his podcast.
So in this review I'm not going to try to just summarize the summarization; I've been living a Tim Ferriss kind of lifestyle for over 5 years now and I'm going to try to add my own experiences and insights to some of the best passage of the book.