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How Ashwagandha Helped Improve My Sleep

ashwagandhaI don’t have difficulty sleeping, but I do have difficulty getting to sleep at a reasonable time. Being an asshole freelancer, I don’t have to worry about waking up early in the morning for an arduous commute and eight hours with my ass in a cubicle. This frequently leads to sessions of article writing or game playing that stretch on to four in the morning.

All sleep is not created equal: if you fall asleep during daylight hours, you will be less rested than if you sleep at night. Because daylight sleep is inferior to nighttime sleep, you also run the risk of oversleeping and all its associated problems. I take both melatonin and 5-HTP to help me sleep, but they don’t help when it comes to falling asleep at the right time.

Never fear, ashwagandha is here.

This helpful, tea-smelling herb supposedly has a whole bunch of benefits, but the biggest one for me is that it helped me restore my normal sleep cycle. If you have a hard time falling asleep at a reasonable time, I recommend trying ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha: Anti-Anxiety, Pro-Restfulness

According to Pill Scout, ashwagandha is another name for the plant Withania somnifera and works by acting on GABA neurotransmitters, reducing anxiety and increasing motivation and libido. While I didn’t really notice any change in sex drive or motivation, I did notice that in conjunction with suntheanine and some other anti-anxiety supplements, I felt a lot calmer and less nervous.

The big thing I noticed from taking ashwagandha in the morning is that I became noticeably more tired around 10pm forward, encouraging me to finish my work early and get to sleep around midnight or 1am. I’ve tried taking both one capsule a day and two (according to the bottle’s directions), without any noticeable difference in my anxiety levels and sleep habits.

The other important thing about ashwagandha is that it needs to be cycled, as your neurotransmitters become acclimated to its effects. I’ve tried both a 4 days on/3 days off and a 5 days on/2 days off cycle, and the former did a better job at keeping my body from developing a strong tolerance. Your mileage may vary.

Overall, I’d recommend ashwagandha capsules as an effective sleep aid for insomniacs, as well as for people looking to lower their anxiety levels.

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  • Captain Kustov

    Hi! Ashwagandha seems cool both as sleep supply and nootrpopic but beware offnasty thyroid side effects. I wouldn’t recommend any long term usage and btw check thyroid once in a while. Better mix for me is theanine/taurine + 1 pill of melatonine

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  • L’ ALE

    I’m having ashwagandha extract (powder) from ten days, a small spoon every morning…my sleep hasn’t improved at all, moreover I noticed a very low quality in my sleep, nightmares, sudden awakening in the middle of the night, difficult in falling asleep again

  • Maxamillion Mansionhouse III

    Here’s my experience with ashwagandha.
    I read about it being good for weight training and increasing free testosterone which helps to build muscle so I gave it a try.
    It’s strange because I read if you can’t sleep this will help you sleep and it you need to wake up it’ll help wake you up. I had more of an opposite effect from this which was intolerable to me.
    My red flags went up with this being a ‘adaptogenic’ compound and turns out I was right.

    I first took this at night before bed. About an hour later while trying to sleep this would wake me up with my mind racing like crazy. I would be sweating like I was doing hard labor in hot summer heat! I mean crazy sweating! I couldn’t not sleep at all for the rest of the night and the next day I wasn’t so bad given the restlessness I had but I was more in a zombie trance because of it.

    So after 2 weeks of this…while during this time not taking it and taking it I could exactly conclude it was this 100% that was causing these effects and not anything else. I had to stop taking it because of the lack of sleep it was causing.

    I started taking this in the daytime in the morning first thing.
    Big mistake again…Ashwagandha puts me in a trance-like state where I can’t sleep but I definitely don’t want to be at work for 8 hours. The week I took this I had INCREDIBLE trouble staying alert at work. I almost had to leave work several times because it was hard to keep my eyes open even though I wouldn’t have been able to fall alseep.

    This was all from 1 pill of a normal dose.
    I could see taking this on the weekend when I have absolutely nothing to do and want to relax…no driving or anything…just sitting relaxing watching a movie. As a daily supplement this was totally not something I can take because for me it was very strong and put me in a strange state that’s not so good to be doing much other than relaxing.

    I’m 6’2 and 220 pounds and an not a lightweight by any means with a lot of things and this is something I’ll be stopping altogether.