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Two Islands Nightcap is a natural herbal elixir supporting relaxation and quality restorative sleep. This synergistic blend helps calm a busy mind and relax the body to support falling asleep and most importantly, staying soundly asleep.

Scientifically researched Safr’Inside™ Saffron is a superstar supporter of mood and a quiet mind, and also helps soothe nervous tension. Herbal adaptogen Ashwagandha provides further nervous system support helping to support you to unwind and de-stress. Combined with Passionflower and Tart Cherry to support relaxation of the body, this powerful formula is the ideal recipe to support a deep, regenerative night’s sleep.

Redefine your nighttime

Quiets The Mind

Adaptogenic properties of ashwagandha alongside sedative-like properties of passionflower help manage cortisol levels and alleviate stress and anxiety, calming nerves to achieve a peaceful state of mind.

Relaxes The Body

Soothing action of tart cherry alleviates muscle soreness and calms tight muscles to relax and de-tense the body, achieving an ultimate state of comfort to induce a relaxing, natural sleep.

Helps You Fall Asleep

Synergistic actions of ashwagandha and passionflower help to quiet the mind and work alongside sleep-enhancing tart cherry and saffron to help the body slip into a state of complete relaxation, inducing deep sleep with ease.

Improves Sleep Quality

Tart cherry, ashwagandha and saffron act to improve and promote sleep quality by reducing symptoms of insomnia, prolonging sleep duration, encouraging a regular sleeping pattern and helping the body remain in a state of deep sleep.

Helps You Fall Asleep

Synergistic actions of ashwagandha and passionflower help to quiet the mind and work alongside sleep-enhancing tart cherry and saffron to help the body slip into a state of complete relaxation, inducing deep sleep with ease.

Improves Sleep Quality

Tart cherry, ashwagandha and saffron act to improve and promote sleep quality by reducing symptoms of insomnia, prolonging sleep duration, encouraging a regular sleeping pattern and helping the body remain in a state of deep sleep.

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Tart Cherry

Tart cherries, also known as sour cherries, are rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Tart cherry has been well researched to help support sleep, mostly due to its melatonin and tryptophan content.

Melatonin is a hormone known for its ability to help the body transition into sleep, with research showing it can help to shorten the time it takes to fall asleep.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and a precursor to melatonin; therefore, tryptophan can help the body increase melatonin production.

Research shows that the consumption of tart cherries is associated with a significant increase of melatonin in the body. Consumption is also associated with an increase in several global measures of sleep quality, including time spent in bed, total sleep time and total sleep efficiency. Consumption of tart cherry can also improve sleep patterns in those with insomnia.

Tart cherries also contain a rich source of special plant compounds called polyphenols, which act as antioxidants. They are especially high in a class of polyphenols called anthocyanins, a pigmented compound which gives fruits and vegetables their red, purple and blue hues.

These anthocyanins have been shown to hold powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which help to calm muscles, as well as relieve muscle pain or inflammation.

Research suggests that drinking tart cherry juice can help to alleviate pain and muscle soreness. In fact, the antioxidants in tart cherry have similar anti-inflammatory properties to that of several non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Consider it ‘nature’s ibuprofen’, relaxing your body from head to toe to help deliver a good night’s sleep.

Ashwagandha

Also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, this herbal medicine is commonly used within traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It is an adaptogen, meaning it can improve your body’s ability to cope with and adapt to stress, stabilising mood and promoting vitality. It is sometimes referred to as a “royal herb”, due to its ability to act on multiple systems of the body, including the immune, neurological and reproductive system.

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.

Passionflower

Passionflower has been used for many years, dating back to the 16th century when it was utilised for medicinal purposes. It grows throughout South America and is a part of the passiflora family, the same family as passionfruit. Passionflower is considered a nervine, meaning that it can help to support and act therapeutically on the nervous system to provide a sedative effect.

Consumption of this botanical can not only help to treat insomnia, but also the common symptoms that may affect sleep, including anxiety and certain forms of pain. This is because passionflower is thought to help increase the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the body, a chemical that helps the brain regulate mood. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that can induce a calming effect on the body, thus assisting with sleep.

Clinical studies show that passionflower is effective in reducing stress and anxiety caused by lifestyle stressors, which ultimately can improve sleep and sleep quality. When compared to oxazepam, a drug that is usually used to treat anxiety, passionflower is shown to be equally as efficacious with fewer negative effects on function. A herbal mixture containing passionflower was also tried and tested to be effective in treating insomnia.

Saffron

Saffron is a well-known spice that is commonly utilised for its fragrance and richness in colour. It is the dried stigma of the flower that grows from the Crocus sativus plant and has been widely used in traditional medicine for its therapeutic properties and health benefits.

It contains active compounds, such as safranal, which can have sleep-promoting properties. In fact, safranal has been found to reduce levels of cortisol by up to 44%, which can assist in reducing feelings of stress around bedtime. Saffron extract and its active compounds can also modulate the effects of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, glutamate and GABA-A neurotransmitter which can have an impact on mood, stress, calmness and sleeping ability.

This clinically researched ingredient, therefore, has therapeutic benefits that can help those struggling with sleep. It has shown to be helpful in improving insomnia severity, as well as improving the duration of non-restorative sleep (sleep which is usually characterised as not sufficiently refreshing or restorative). It is also effective in improving the ease of getting to sleep, sleep duration and overall sleep quality.

Saffron also has the ability to improve stress levels, which can otherwise prevent or impact sleep. Studies found that the consumption of saffron reduced undesirable changes in heart rate which are usually caused by stress. Two Islands Nightcap contains saffron in a researched dose, which has been shown to cause a 60% decrease in overall stress levels, with effects being noticed in as little as 5 days.



Begin your day with a better sleep

Sleep, alongside exercise and a balanced diet, is one of three key pillars to health. Most adults require at least 7 hours of sleep each night, however busy schedules, caffeine overload and an anxious mind can often get in the way.

Getting enough sleep is imperative for health and performance, however not a reality for most adults in New Zealand. More than one third of adults in New Zealand are not getting enough sleep or experience some form of sleep problem.

Regular, good quality deep sleep schedules are important for brain functioning, emotional wellbeing and physical health. Many bodily functions occur when we sleep, including memory restoration, tissue repair and appetite regulation.

Not getting enough sleep can prevent these from occurring, as well as causing mood and concentration issues, increased ability to get sick and sleepiness during the day. Additionally, lack of sleep is associated with a greater risk of certain diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and poor mental health.

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Who is Nightcap suitable for?

Containing tart cherry, ashwagandha, passionflower, and saffron, Nightcap has been formulated to help those who may have insomnia and struggle to fall asleep, those with an anxious or busy mind preventing high quality sleep, and those who just wake up still feeling tired and fatigued. Nightcap can assist with your sleep problems, including helping you fall asleep, helping you stay asleep, and helping you receive an overall good quality sleep. Anxiolytic passionflower can help support the nervous system to ease you into a state of calm, while soothing tart cherry works to totally relax the physical body, preparing you for a good night’s sleep. Ashwagandha and saffron can both help to support sleep in those with insomnia, and work synergistically to enhance your quality of sleep, so that it is deep, restful, restorative, and allows you to wake up feeling rejuvenated.

With the inclusion of adaptogenic ashwaganda, anxiolytic passionflower and Safr’Inside™ saffron which has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol by up to 44%, Nightcap is also suitable for those experiencing acute stress during the day to further support their nervous system and provide a sense of calm.

Nightcap is also safe for children 12 years and above, where sleep forms a crucial part of their growth and development. It can help to support their nervous system during times of need, as well as a restful night’s sleep. Children 12-15 years take 3mls and children 16 years and above take 5mls 1 hour before bed, or as otherwise prescribed by a healthcare professional.

What sleep troubles can Nightcap help with?

Nightcap can assist with a number of sleep troubles, from relaxing the physical body to calming the stressed or anxious mind, ultimately helping you to fall asleep, stay asleep and allowing you to receive a restful and good quality sleep. Passionflower acts to support the nervous system by having a sedative-like effect on the body, while ashwagandha and saffron act to reduce stress levels to calm and quieten an overactive mind, Nightcap is a natural sleep aid that can help with insomnia, poor sleep quality and any stress or anxiety that may be affecting sleep.

How quickly does Nightcap work?

This will be very dependent on the individual and factors such as your own absorption abilities, stress levels, adrenal health and the degree of sleep issues.

Generally you can expect to have a noticeable relaxation effect within 1-2 hours after taking the recommended bedtime dose. If you do not notice an improvement within the first night, we recommend continuing to take Nightcap nightly, as with all herbs, the product is designed to build efficacy over time. The dose that works best for each individual may vary.

Is Nightcap alcohol free?

Yes! Many similar sleep supporting products use alcohol as part of their extraction process which isn’t suitable for everyone. We chose to formula Nightcap in a way that ensures maximum efficacy without the use of alcohol.   

Is Nightcap vegan friendly? 

Yes, Nightcap is vegan friendly making it suitable forboth vegans and vegetarians.

Can children have Nightcap?

Yes! Children from 12 years and above can safely take Nightcap. Children 12-15 years take 3mls and children 16 years and above take 5mls 1 hour before bed, or as otherwise prescribed by a healthcare professional.

What flavour is Nightcap and what does it taste like?

We worked hard, across multiple iterations to create a herbal sleep support product that is palatable without compromising on potency. Nightcap contains no added flavouring and is sweetened with thaumatin, a natural fruit-derived sweetener. You can taste the undertones of Tart Cherry that is perfectly balanced with a pleasant sweetness with no overwhelming bitterness. Easy to take on its own straight from a spoon. Taste is always subjective however and some of our customers prefer to have Nightcap chilled or diluted with a little water.

Will Nightcap give me vivid dreams?

If you are having particularly vivid dreams after taking Nightcap, it may be your body’s natural response to falling into a deeper, more restful sleep. Nightcap has been formulated to support healthy sleep patterns to support deep, restorative sleep which includes REM sleep, the sleep cycle known for causing vivid dreams. If you are spending more time in the stage of sleep where dreams are most likely to occur, this may naturally lead to an increase in vivid dreams.

Is Nightcap pregnancy and breastfeeding friendly?

Nightcap is not recommended during pregnancy and we recommend checking with your doctor, midwife or healthcare professional before consumption, as with any new supplementation while breastfeeding.

Who is Nightcap not suitable for?

We do not recommend taking Nightcap during pregnancy and we recommend checking with your healthcare professional before use if breastfeeding.

Can I take Nightcap alongside anti-depressant medication?

Yes, Nightcap is suitable to take alongside anti-depressant medication. Research confirms the close relationship between insomnia and depression so those who are taking anti-depressant medication may need support getting a restful, restorative night’s sleep. Many sleep supporting products contain 5-HTP which is contraindicated (unable to be taken) with anti-depressants. As Nightcap is free of 5-HTP, it is safe to take alongside this type of medication.

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