What is Ashwagandha and how can it help me relax before bed?

Stress can negatively affect the amount and quality of your sleep. According to a study by the American Psychological Association (1), 43 percent of U.S. adults report that stress has caused them to lose out on sleep. To make matters worse, when you don’t get enough sleep, you can feel even more stressed. Luckily, an ingredient called ashwagandha may be able to help you relax and get more, better-quality sleep. Read our ashwagandha benefits guide below to find out how.

What is ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a potent plant extract that can be taken for stress support. It grows as a shrub mostly in Africa, the Middle East, India and China, with yellow flowers and red berries that resemble raspberries. As an adaptogenic herb, it can help you deal with occasional stress. In Ayurvedic, ashwagandha is referred to as, “Indian ginseng,” and has been used for 5,000 years for relieving stress and helping calm the mind and body. (2)

Can ashwagandha help me relax?

Supplements called adaptogens, of which ashwagandha is one, work to counteract the harmful effects of stress in the body by lowering levels of the “stress hormone,” cortisol. Adaptogens have a wide variety of other benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, all of which can add up to less stress. Ashwagandha has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to help soothe the consequences of occasional stress like sleeplessness, irritability, and the inability to concentrate.

Does ashwagandha really work to relieve stress?

Researchers have studied the effectiveness of ashwagandha, with impressive results. In one study, published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine (3), participants given ashwagandha reported lower levels of stress and anxiety and higher overall well-being. Participants also reported having an easier time sleeping.

Another study of chronically stressed adults showed significant evidence that Ashwagandha may reduce cortisol levels without adverse side effects (4). In yet another study, 88 percent of adults given ashwagandha over a six-week period reported feeling less anxious (5).

Modern science has confirmed what cultures around the world have known for centuries: Ashwagandha can help you relax and de-stress so that you can put your mind at ease before bedtime.

Is ashwagandha safe?

Ashwagandha is a healthy herbal supplement that is safe for most people. Follow the dosage instructions found on the ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs De-Stress and Sleep bottle. If you have any concerns, consult your doctor before starting to take ashwagandha.

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or nursing, taking ashwagandha is not advised.

ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs De-Stress and Sleep

Our ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs De-Stress and Sleep is formulated with ashwagandha to help de-stress your mind and body so that you relax and unwind before bed. It also includes melatonin, a hormone that is naturally produced in the brain, to regulate helps you fall asleep naturally. Together, these two ingredients combat the symptoms of occasional sleeplessness, so you can de-stress at night and fall asleep naturally*. To learn more about how melatonin impacts your sleep cycle, click here.

ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs De-Stress and Sleep is available in two forms: gummies and tablets, so you can choose the sleep aid that best meets your needs. ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs products are drug-free and non-habit-forming.

Dose is 1-2 gummies or 1-2 tablets.

While next-day grogginess is not expected, there are many factors that could influence how rested you feel in the morning. Therefore, we recommend taking ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs De-Stress and Sleep when you can get at least 6 hours of sleep.

For more information and to find out where to buy, visit our De-Stress and Sleep Gummies or De-Stress and Sleep Tablets pages.

Read more about how to relieve stress and get better sleep.

1 https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/sleep

2 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

3 http://www.ijpm.info/article.asp?issn=0253-7176;year=2012;volume=34;issue=3;spage=255;epage=262;aulast=Chandrasekhar

4 https://blog.priceplow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/withania_review.pdf

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23439798