ashwagandha helps insomnia and anxiety

Only a year ago, no one had thought of the great Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha for insomnia. Now, at least three studies have promoted it onto the honour roll of herbs that conquer insomnia.

A recent study thrust ashwagandha into the insomnia spotlight. It showed that the herb helped elderly people to sleep better and stay more mentally alert. That victory over sleepless nights led to improvement in quality of life, both physically and psychologically.

Now a new study has demonstrated ashwagandha’s power over insomnia. Either ashwagandha or a placebo were given to 40 people with insomnia and 40 people without for 8 weeks. Both groups experienced significant improvement when they were given the ashwagandha, and the people who actually had insomnia benefitted the most.

The people who took ashwagandha had significantly greater improvement on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. They fell asleep significantly faster and had significantly better quality of sleep. They also had significantly greater total sleep time and woke up significantly less often once they had fallen asleep. As in the previous study, the people with insomnia also had significantly better mental alertness.

Interestingly, the people who took the ashwagandha to help with their insomnia also received help for their anxiety: scores on the Hamilton Anxiety Scale improved significantly. This is the second study to find this important result. Last year, another study found that ashwagandha helps people who are struggling with both insomnia and anxiety.

These three studies combine to make a strong case for ashwagandha as a safe and effective remedy for people struggling with the burden of insomnia.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2021;264,113276

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