A popular herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning it can improve your body’s ability to cope with and adapt to stress. It has been have been well-researched to have mental health benefits such as reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Because of its stress-alleviating properties, consuming Ashwagandha has been clinically researched to improve sleep onset latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), as well as sleep efficiency.
- Poor Sleep
- Low Mood
The main actives in ashwagandha are a group of compounds called withanolides, which hold the ability to alleviate stress within the body and protect cells from oxidative damage. The benefits of ashwagandha have been well-researched, with findings including a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression.
Because of its stress-alleviating properties, consumption of ashwagandha has been clinically researched to improve sleep quality and reduce symptoms commonly associated with sleep disorders such as insomnia. These include sleep onset latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), sleep efficiency, and sleep quality. Consumption of ashwagandha can also help to reduce levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, which can interfere with sleep quality and duration if not controlled.
Research and studies
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Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults
A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study to evaluate the effects of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract on sleep quality in healthy adults
Daptogenic and anxiolytic effects of ashwagandha root extract in healthy adults: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Clinical evaluation of the pharmacological impact of ashwagandha root extract on sleep in healthy volunteers and insomnia patients: A double-blind, randomized, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study
Efficacy and safety of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root Extract in insomnia and anxiety: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study
An investigation into the stress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract
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